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Equine Practice
Investigation and management of recurrent colic in the horse
  1. Michael Schramme

    Michael Schramme qualified from the University of Ghent, Belgium, in 1985, where he remained for three years as a clinical assistant in large animal surgery. He moved to the department of large animal medicine and surgery at the Royal Veterinary College in 1988, first as a Home of Rest for Horses resident in equine studies and, since 1991, as a lecturer in equine surgery. He holds the RCVS certificate in equine orthopaedics and is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. He has a particular research interest in the mechanisms of osteoarthritis in the horse.


RECURRENT colic refers to the occurrence of repeated bouts of abdominal discomfort. This definition is vague as it does not specify the duration of the periods of remission, nor the patient's overall condition during these periods. The distinction between recurrent colic and chronic colic, in which pain may wax and wane with variable intensity for more than 48 hours without signs of strangulation, can be difficult and is merely based on the subjective assessment of the attending clinician. However, for the sake of this article, recurrent colic will be defined as two or more episodes of abdominal pain, separated by a period of remission of at least several days.

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