Clinical presentation and management of liver lobe torsions in domestic rabbits

Abigail Edis
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) are common household pets, and make endearing companions for both the young and old. Rabbit medicine has advanced greatly in recent years, and we are now able to recognise, diagnose and treat many conditions and presentations that may have previously been poorly understood. One of the conditions that is increasingly recognised is liver lobe torsion, which can prove difficult to recognise in clinical practice, especially if the team has not encountered the condition before. The purpose of this article is to highlight liver lobe torsions in rabbits, their presentation and treatment options and nursing care, and describe a successful case seen at the clinic.

Figure 1. A blood transfusion should be considered in cases of severe anaemia.
Figure 1. A blood transfusion should be considered in cases of severe anaemia.

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