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Decision analysis tree for deciding whether to remove an undescended testis from a young dog
  1. M. A. J. Peters, PhD1 and
  2. F. J. van Sluijs, DVM, PhD, DiplECVS1
  1. 1 Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, PO Box 80.154, 3508 TD Utrecht, The Netherlands
  1. Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, PO Box 80.154, 3508 TD Utrecht, The Netherlands

Abstract

A decision analysis tree was constructed to estimate the life span which might be expected for a dog presented with cryptorchidism at one year of age if it underwent a preventive orchidectomy or if it did not. The tree was constructed by using risk factors associated with cryptorchidism and data on the prevalence of complications after surgery from the literature. The expected life span without an orchidectomy was not significantly different from the expected life span after an orchidectomy.

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