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1 September 2011 Diaphragmatic Hernia in a Two-Year-Old Alpaca (Vicugna pacos)
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A 2-yr-old male intact alpaca (Vicugna pacos) was admitted for a 4-day history of anorexia and colic. Five months prior, the alpaca had undergone surgical removal of a duodenal trichophytobezoar and had recovered uneventfully. The alpaca died under anesthesia, and diaphragmatic herniation of the third gastric compartment (C3) was diagnosed at necropsy. A defect was identified in the left dorsal hemidiaphragm accompanied by herniation of 80% of C3 and the aboral portion of the second gastric compartment into the pericardial sac. The smooth margins and dorsal location of the diaphragmatic defect suggested a congenital origin. Diaphragmatic herniation is uncommon in camelids, and only one other case has been reported. Due to the dorsal location of the diaphragmatic defect in this animal, positioning during the previous surgery may have initiated a partial entrapment of gastric compartments, leading to a more complete incarceration between when the animal was discharged and presented again.

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Bethany DeVilbiss, Jessie Ziegler, Daniel Righter, Andrew Allen, George Barrington, and Gary Haldorson "Diaphragmatic Hernia in a Two-Year-Old Alpaca (Vicugna pacos)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 42(3), 513-517, (1 September 2011).
Received: 1 December 2010; Published: 1 September 2011

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