RE­PEAT COLIC SURG­ERIES SPELL TROU­BLE

EQUUS - - Eq Medical Front -

Although suc­cess rates for colic surgery have im­proved over the past few decades, a new study shows that the prog­no­sis is guarded at best for horses who re­quire a sec­ond sur­gi­cal in­ter­ven­tion within 14 days of the ini­tial colic pro­ce­dure.

When re­searchers at the Royal Vet­eri­nary Col­lege in Eng­land re­viewed the cases of 92 horses ad­mit­ted to three re­fer­ral hos­pi­tals who re­quired two colic surg­eries within a two-week pe­riod, they found that only 23.9 per­cent were still alive six months af­ter dis­charge from the hos­pi­tal.

Re­peat surgery was nec­es­sary for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, but the data showed that horses who re­quired in­testi­nal re­sec­tion (re­moval of a por­tion of the in­testines) dur­ing ei­ther the first or sec­ond surgery were sig­nif­i­cantly less likely to sur­vive long enough to be dis­charged. Like­wise, only two of 13 horses who un­der­went re­sec­tions dur­ing both pro­ce­dures sur­vived more than six months.

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