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J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 1998 May-Jun;34(3):253-9.

A prospective study of survival and recurrence following the acute gastric dilatation-volvulus syndrome in 136 dogs.

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Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-1243, USA.


Dogs (n = 136) with gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) syndrome were followed over time to measure recurrence and mortality rates and to identify prognostic factors. Thirty-three (24.3%) died or were euthanized during the first seven days. Of 85 cases that were followed for up to three years, nine (10.6%) cases each had a recurrence of GDV and seven (8.2%) cases died or were euthanized. The median survival times for cases that had gastropexies and those that did not were 547 and 188 days, respectively. Depressed or comatose cases on admission were three and 36 times, respectively, more likely to die than alert cases, while cases with gastric necrosis were 11 times more likely to die.

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