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Gastric Dilatation Volvulus: A Common Disease with an Unpredictable Clinical Course
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This lecture will provide an overview of the proposed risk factors for GDV, complex pathophysiology, and clinical approach to patient stabilization. Following this overview, there will be a more detailed summary of the recent literature, with emphasis on clinical application for the practitioner. Chosen literature will highlight newly proposed interventions and diagnostics, perioperative biomarkers, and prognostic indicators, including those found beneficial or otherwise.

When: 12/15/2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital
Woburn, Massachusetts 
United States
Presenter: Rebecca Davies, DVM, Emergency and Critical Care (residency trained)
Contact: Jana Gabarro

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2 CE Credits 


Gastric dilatation volvulus:
GDV is a common canine emergency affecting a wide range of breeds and age groups. The pathophysiology of GDV has been closely re-evaluated and finds GDV as an excellent model for multiple types of shock, ischemia reperfusion injury, and as a risk factor for multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS). The complex and unpredictable clinical course makes GDV a particularly interesting and challenging disease to manage.
A successful outcome calls for effective and timely resuscitation, cardiovascular stabilization, gastric decompression, and surgical repair, each of which will be reviewed. However, a subset of patients with optimal care may still have poor outcomes and can be difficult to identify at onset of treatment. Thus, recent literature has focused on elucidating both preoperative and perioperative biomarkers and clinical factors that may more accurately predict a less favorable outcome.


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