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Surgical Management of Rumen Impaction with 82 Kilograms of Plastic Material in a Cow

R. Kavin, R. Sivashankar, H. Pushkin Raj, A. Velavan, Sharan Kumar and E. Pradeep

Madras Veterinary College, Vepery, Chennai- 600 007.

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal January 2021 : 98 (1) - pages 34 to 36
(Received: December, 2021, Accepted: December, 2021)


An eight year old, pluriparous cow was presented with the history of dull and depressed behaviour, progressive anorexia, cessation of rumination, regurgitation of feed materials and apparent loss of body weight. Based on clinical examination and diagnostic procedures, the condition was diagnosed as rumen impaction due to indigestible foreign materials. Rumenotomy was performed and 82 kgs of plastic materials were removed. This surgery resulted in excellent resolution of clinical signs.

Key Words: Rumen impaction, Rumenotomy, Plastic materials, cow

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