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31 December 2013 PYLORIC TRICHOBEZOAR IN A CANADIAN LYNX (LYNX CANADENSIS)
Jack Kottwitz, Amelia S. Munsterman
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An adult female Canadian lynx (Lynx canadensis) was presented with a 3-wk history of anorexia and lethargy. Initial examination and diagnostics did not provide a diagnosis. The lynx continued to demonstrate vague clinical signs, including anorexia and an abnormal gait. During follow-up immobilizations 2 wk later, a barium gastrointestinal study revealed a pyloric obstruction. Abdominal exploratory surgery was elected, and a gastrotomy and an enterotomy of the proximal duodenum were performed to remove the pyloric obstruction. The obstruction was determined to be a trichobezoar. Fleas, a likely cause of hair ingestion through grooming, were noted during surgical preparation. The lynx made a full recovery from surgery. Reoccurrence of the trichobezoar was prevented after surgery with the use of monthly flea control and three times a week hairball laxative.

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Jack Kottwitz and Amelia S. Munsterman "PYLORIC TRICHOBEZOAR IN A CANADIAN LYNX (LYNX CANADENSIS)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 44(4), 1111-1114, (31 December 2013). https://doi.org/10.1638/2013-0039R1.1
Received: 2 March 2013; Published: 31 December 2013
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