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Recurrence rate of gastric dilatation volvulus after ventral midline gastropexy in dogs

B. Ullmann, N. Seehaus, S. Hungerbühler, A. Meyer-Lindenberg

GASTRIC dilatation volvulus (GDV) is an acute life-threatening disease, which requires rapid medical and surgical treatment. Ventral midline gastropexy (VMG) is a simple and fast technique used to treat GDV; however, there are concerns that it may lead to gastric penetration during subsequent midline coeliotomy. This study aimed to retrospectively evaluate the recurrence rate of GDV after VMG and the incidence of subsequent midline coeliotomies and associated complications.

The medical records of 203 dogs treated for GDV by VMG at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hanover between January 2000 and December 2009 were retrospectively reviewed. The owners of dogs that recovered from surgery were asked to complete a questionnaire to determine the recurrence rate of clinical signs of GDV, and to evaluate the incidence of subsequent coeliotomies. The owners were also asked to present their dog at the clinic for a follow-up examination, including ultrasonography and radiography; 24 dogs attended this follow-up examination.

The questionnaire revealed that owners of 13 of the …

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