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Flipped uterus/uterine torsion

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Terri Berwanger
Breeding Stock
Username: Terrib

Post Number: 121
Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 01:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I put this in another section and got no response so I am going to give my experience with the very rare occurence. It may or may not help you if ever someone is in this situation.

Had a mare due around Feb 17th. She was a maiden and on a client's farm. The plan was to bring her in at the end of January and monitor her closely. Up until then everything was normal. My husband went over one morning and while checking on the other horses he noticed Jannadav in some mild discomfort. We called the vet and he said to get her home to our place. She was treated there for mild colic and shipped back to us. When she got her she was fine for about 2 hours and then showed minor colic symptoms again. Vet came out again, treated her and she was fine. He had to come out one more time, a more heavy regime of treatment and again mare was fine for a few hours. In the morning we decided well she just has to go to the clinic. When reaching the clinic it was discovered she had flipped her uterus 180 degrees. They actually strapped her to a board and tried to flip it back in place. That didn't work so she had to have surgery to correct the twist. This all happened at 312 days pregnant. So she stayed at the clinic for a week, mom and baby were monitored every day and it showed baby was still alive and kicking. We decided to send her to a specialist unit to foal out which was 2 miles from the vet clinic in case anything should happen.

Fast forward to Friday evening and she foaled a very healthy filly foal normally and no complications. We went to bed really happy. But, there's always a but, Jannadav decided she wanted nothing to do with the foal. Being as how this is a specialist clinic, they had 3 people in the stable with mare and foal and mare was hobbled and sedated. Fair dues to them because they just kept trying. They called me for permission for a nurse mare because they were only going to give the mare 2 more hours. All their hard work payed off because she is now happy as can be with the little filly and all is well. The head foaling guy explained that with her first foal if they didn't really make an effort, this could continue every time she foals.

In talking with the vets this is unlikely to happen again. She had a normal birth and they are quite pleased the way everything went. They see no problems with breeding her in the future. We have decided, however, that this year she is having off. She still has the incision and don't really want to over do it with her this year.

Anyway, just thought I would share.
Terri
 

Jenni Luttrell
Weanling
Username: Bugrace2000

Post Number: 39
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 03:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

INTERESTING!!! PLZ KEEP US UP TO DATE ON HER.



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