Equine colic, in its most general form, is a clinical sign or a symptom rather than a diagnosis. The term colic can encompass all forms of gastro-intestinal conditions which cause pain or alter the normal function of the digestive system in some way. There are a variety of different causes of colic, some of which require surgical intervention and can prove fatal. Among domesticated horses in Western countries, colic is a major cause of premature death.

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