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Fetotomy involves the dissection of the fetus inside the mare's reproductive tract. The mare's reproductive tract mucosa may become irritated, edematous, and/or ulcerated from repetitive movements and continuous exposure to the fetotomy instruments and veterinarian's arm. A fetotomy should only be performed on a dead fetus. If the fetus is alive, other methods of delivery such as cesarean section should be considered. This chapter provides a description of various instruments and the processes involved in fetotomy. Information on specific fetotomy cuts is also provided. With a skilled clinician performing the fetotomy and a minimum number of cuts and manipulations, fertility after fetotomy should not decrease significantly.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEquine Reproductive Procedures
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781119556015
ISBN (Print)9781119555988
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • cesarean section
  • fetotomy
  • mare
  • reproductive tract


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