Small intestine adenocarcinoma in conjunction with multiple adenomas causing acute colic in a horse

J Vet Diagn Invest. 2008 Jan;20(1):121-4. doi: 10.1177/104063870802000128.


An 11-year-old Andalusian stallion developed marked signs of colic associated with an acute small intestine obstruction. Exploratory laparotomy revealed a distal jejunum full-thickness wall induration and multiple small adherent intraluminal masses. Fifteen centimeters of jejunum, including the induration, and several intraluminal masses were resected. Histologic examination revealed an adenocarcinoma and multiple polypoid adenomas. The horse was discharged, and no complications were reported 12 months postoperatively. Colic was considered secondary to partial jejunal lumen obstruction by the adenocarcinoma. Adenocarcinoma recurrence or transformation from remaining adenomas into an adenocarcinoma is still a major risk.

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / pathology
  • Adenocarcinoma / surgery
  • Adenocarcinoma / veterinary*
  • Animals
  • Colic / pathology
  • Colic / surgery
  • Colic / veterinary*
  • Histocytochemistry / veterinary
  • Horse Diseases / pathology*
  • Horse Diseases / surgery
  • Horses
  • Intestinal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Intestinal Neoplasms / surgery
  • Intestinal Neoplasms / veterinary*
  • Intestine, Small / pathology*
  • Intestine, Small / surgery
  • Male