Ultrasonographic detection of ingested and perforating wooden foreign bodies in four dogs

J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2003 Jul 15;223(2):206-9, 196. doi: 10.2460/javma.2003.223.206.


Four dogs that had ingested wooden foreign bodies were examined. All 4 dogs were young and were examined because of lethargy and a mass involving the left flank that was partially responsive to antimicrobial treatment. Ultrasonography of the flank mass revealed inhomogeneous subcutaneous tissues representing seroma, edema, or reactive tissue. Long, linear, bright interfaces representing the wooden foreign bodies were identified in the stomach of 3 dogs and in the abdominal cavity of 1 dog. The interfaces were associated with uniform shadowing in 3 dogs. Local omental and mesenteric changes suggestive of focal peritonitis were evident in 1 dog. In all 4 dogs, the foreign bodies were removed through an exploratory celiotomy. All dogs recovered without complications.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Dog Diseases / diagnosis
  • Dog Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Dog Diseases / surgery
  • Dogs
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnosis
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging
  • Foreign Bodies / surgery
  • Foreign Bodies / veterinary*
  • Male
  • Stomach / diagnostic imaging
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ultrasonography
  • Wood*