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Online Journal of Veterinary Research

(Including Medical and Laboratory Research)

Established 1994

ISSN 1328-925X


Volume 27 (4): 224-227, 2023.

Foreign body reticular impaction in sheep.

Javad Tajik1, Gholam Reza Abdollah Pour2, Masoud Imani1


1Department(s) of Clinical Studies, School(s) of Veterinary Medicine, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, 2Tehran University, Tehran, Iran.




Tajik J, Pour RG, Imani M., Foreign body reticular impaction in sheep, Onl J Vet Res., 27 (4): 224-227, 2023. Authors describe case of reticular impaction in a mixed breed ram with 7 day anorexia. However, temperature, respiratory and heart rates were normal, but a loud heart tone was heard by stethoscope. Palpation of abdomen revealed rigid mass in rumen and motility was <1 movement per minute. Hematology revealed leukocytosis with cell count 12.2 109/L and neutrophilia (6.4 109/L) but normal lymphocytes (6.3 109/L), monocytes (0.2 109/L) eosinophils (0.7 109/L), hematocrit 30%, protein was 4.7 gr/100 ml and fibrinogen 400 mg/100 ml. We identified a large number of Marshallagia marshalli eggs. Radiography revealed of chest and abdomen showed non-metallic foreign bodies in rumen, impaction of reticulum and a needle-shaped metallic object. Ruminotomy revealed masses of plastic, cotton and leather in rumen and reticulum completely filled which were removed. A metal object, within mass could not penetrate into reticulum wall but no adhesions were found. By two weeks appetite was normal.


Key words: Reticular impaction, foreign body, Sheep.