Gastric dilatation-volvulus after splenic torsion in ...

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Title Gastric dilatation-volvulus after splenic torsion in two dogs
Author(s) D. L. Millis, J. Nemzek, C. Riggs, R. Walshaw
Journal Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Date 1995
Volume 207
Issue 3
Start page 314
End page 315
Abstract Two dogs developed gastric dilatation-volvulus 2 and 17 months, respectively, after splenectomy for treatment of splenic torsion. Splenic displacement and torsion may stretch the gastric ligaments, allowing increased mobility of the stomach. After splenectomy, an anatomic void may be created in the cranioventral part of the abdomen, contributing to the mobility of the stomach. Veterinarians treating dogs with isolated splenic torsion may wish to consider prophylactic gastropexy at splenectomy, to reduce the chance of future gastric dilatation-volvulus. Prophylactic gastropexy should be done only if the dog's hemodynamic status is stable enough to allow for performance of the additional surgery.

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