Intestinal Obstruction in a Savannah Monitor

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A savannah monitor (Varanus exanthematicus) was presented with a 2-month history of lethargy, anorexia, and lack of stool production. A radiographic diagnosis of constipation with a high probability of intestinal obstruction was made. Medical therapy to soften the stool and allow the evacuation of the fecal masses was attempted without success. Attempts to fragment and remove the stool boluses by colonoscopy were also unsuccessful. Celiotomy and colonic enterotomy were then performed, allowing for complete removal of the fecal masses. The monitor recovered uneventfully from surgery and was maintaining optimal clinical status and behavior 4 months later. Inadequate husbandry and diet were the origins of the intestinal obstruction; readjustment of both factors avoided recurrence of the problem.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1083-1087
JournalCompendium on Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2001


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