Texas A & M College of Veterinary Medicine, 4475 TAMU College Station, Texas 77843, USA
Long-term prognosis of gastrojejunostomy in foals with gastric outflow obstruction: 16 cases (2001–2006)
Version of Record online: 5 JAN 2010
2009 EVJ Ltd
Equine Veterinary Journal
Volume 41, Issue 7, pages 653–657, September 2009
How to Cite
COLEMAN, M. C., SLOVIS, N. M. and HUNT, R. J. (2009), Long-term prognosis of gastrojejunostomy in foals with gastric outflow obstruction: 16 cases (2001–2006). Equine Veterinary Journal, 41: 653–657. doi: 10.2746/042516409X424126
- Issue online: 5 JAN 2010
- Version of Record online: 5 JAN 2010
- [Paper received for publication 04.12.08; Accepted 21.01.09]
- gastroduodenal ulcers;
- gastric outflow obstruction
Reasons for performing study: It has been suggested that the success of gastric bypass surgery in foals for the treatment of gastric outflow obstruction is poor. However, few reports exist evaluating the long-term prognosis of these cases.
Objectives: To determine the long-term success of foals, including racing records, surgically treated for gastric outflow obstruction secondary to gastroduodenal ulceration.
Methods: Medical records of foals undergoing surgical treatment of gastric outflow obstruction secondary to gastroduodenal ulceration were evaluated for clinical information. Owners, trainers and race records were evaluated regarding long-term survival and racing success.
Results and conclusions: Sixteen foals were included in the study, all treated with a gastrojejunostomy. All foals survived to immediate discharge from the hospital; 8 survived to racing age, with 7 of those entering training and 3 actually racing. Foals that did not survive to racing age had various post operative complications. The success rate for these foals appears somewhat better than that previously reported.
Potential relevance: Gastrojejunostomy for the treatment of gastric outflow obstruction, secondary to gastric ulceration, is a valid treatment option for foals.