Uterine prolapse

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Prolapse of the uterus is uncommon in the cat. Most cases are readily recognised clinically and the samples are not sent to a pathologist for examination. Uterine prolapse occurs in cats after parturition, or in rare cases where endometrial polyps have prolapsed and taken the uterus with it. There are many individual case reports of uterine prolapse in cats.


Treatment is usually centred on anaesthetising the cats and after dorsal elevation of the pelvis, digitally replacing the uterus into the abdomen. A purse-string suture of the vulva lips is usually required to revent re-prolapsing, and anecdotal reports of benefits of oxytocin and L-carnitine in preventing recurrence in prone queens in both the immediate and long-term.


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