Table 1

Colic categories, case definitions and number of cases in each category admitted to the PLEH between January 1st 1995 and 31st December 2004

Colic category

Case definition

Total number

All Colics

All confirmed cases of colic admitted to the hospital


All Surgical Colics

Colic cases with surgical lesions confirmed at exploratory laparotomy or post-mortem examination


All Medical Colics

All colic cases that resolved with medical treatment only


Pedunculated Lipoma

Obstruction of small intestine by a pedunculated lipoma diagnosed at exploratory laparotomy or post-mortem examination


Epiploic Foramen Entrapment

Entrapment of the small intestine in the epiploic foramen diagnosed at exploratory laparotomy or post-mortem examination


Equine Grass Sickness

Equine grass sickeness cases confirmed by histological examination of the ileum


Large colon displacements or torsions

Displacement or torsion of the large colon diagnosed by rectal examination, clinical signs and response to treatment; treated either surgically or medically or diagnosed at post-mortem examination


Large colon impactions

Primary large colon impactions confirmed by rectal examination and response to treatment (medically treated group) or at exploratory laparotomy


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