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Cholangiohepatitis success stories?

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  • Cholangiohepatitis success stories?

    My mare was just diagnosed with Cholangiohepatitis this past Thursday and I'm hoping someone - anyone - has had a successful recovery from this.

    While my mare's numbers aren't bad, she does have a history of colic type episodes along with being a hard keeper, so there is concern it's actually chronic acute hepatitis. We are treating with Chloramphenicol and redrawing bloodwork on Tuesday to see where we stand. I know the next step is probably a liver ultrasound then possibly a biopsy, but that may all be more than my poor pocketbook can handle.

    Regardless, has anyone beaten this? Does anyone have any good news for me? And if not, can I be so bold as to ask for jingles?

    Ignorance doesn't make stuff not exist.

  • #2
    Google "Uncle Mo". I think this is what he just recovered from. He's starting back in training, so it sounds like he's recovered just fine so far.


    • Original Poster

      Thanks Mali. I have read up on him, and it's nice to see him doing well although I haven't been able to find much about his exact treatment. Of course, it's not like I have his owner's checkbook either...LOL
      Ignorance doesn't make stuff not exist.


      • #4


        Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


        • Original Poster

          Thanks Zu Zu.

          Does no one have any personal experience with this? Am I really THAT lucky?
          Ignorance doesn't make stuff not exist.


          • #6
            You might try messaging Uncle Mo's people via his facebook page, maybe they would be willing to offer more info.


            • #7
              Hi Laine,

              How did your horse get diagnosed? Did/does your horse have a fever?

              My horse has an issue with her liver, but we don't know what. Her bloodwork numbers were 10-fold what they should be, especially the GGT. She was very colicky. Her liver looks normal on the ultrasound. She does not have an infection. She is stable now. The vets want to do a liver biopsy, but I am not excited about doing invasive diagnostics if they don't have a treatment and she is feeling better on her own.

              I have read up on liver problems and am intrigued by milk thistle as a treatment. It was suggested in an article in The Horse. If you are not a member it might be worth it to join as I recall they do have some articles on Uncle Mo and Cholangiohepatitis.


              • Original Poster

                Helicon, she went thru a slight colic type episode - off her grain, lethargic, etc. She's done this multiple times in the past (we think due to PSSM, but that's another thread!) but when I saw her she was breathing rapidly and labored. Temp was over 103* and when it didn't break by the next day, I called the vet for an appointment.

                Lab work diagnosed CH - repeat labs were drawn today so we'll know if meds were effective. Her GGT was in the 60s, but WBC was also elevated.

                My vet said not to worry about an ultrasound as they don't always show you anything to help. My concern now is chronic acute hepatitis or stones.

                I hadn't heard of milk thistle...will look into that for sure.

                I hope your mare continues to improve and thanks for the reply!
                Ignorance doesn't make stuff not exist.


                • #9
                  Bumping for an update ~

                  JINGLES CONTINUE ``

                  BUMPING FOR A GOOD NEWS UPDATE ``
                  Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


                  • Original Poster

                    Thanks for the continued jingles!

                    We redid bloodwork and her numbers are better but not back to normal. We've decided to go one more round of antibiotics and we'll retest labs again next week.

                    Plus, the vet is pretty confident it's not chronic! We may have actually dodged a bullet!!
                    Ignorance doesn't make stuff not exist.


                    • #11
                      GOOD UPDATE `` JINGLES CONTINUE ``


                      JINGLES CONTINUE FOR YOUR MARE ~
                      Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


                      • #12
                        Uncle Mo needed about 3 months of down time, where he received hyperbaric chamber treatment, acupuncture, and antibiotic treatment (in the beginning only).

                        I have no idea if this is the normal treatment regimen; but it seemed to work for him.