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4.4.2 Intestinal Torsion

Colonic displacement is a common event in fattening pigs. Generally the large intestine is rotated, which may confuse the diagnostician. Pigs are presented with an extremely distended abdomen, which is bloated. The cause of intestinal displacements is incompletely understood, but sudden movements of a freshly fed pig may trigger the intestinal rotation.

Picture 4.4.2 a (by M. Dünser)
Torsion of the intestine showing characteristic bloated and blood-filled small intestine and a caecum facing to cranial.

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