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Volume 26(3), Autumn 2016

Commissioned paper

Linear versus non-linear gastrointestinal foreign bodies in 499 dogs

The median length of hospitalisation for dogs with linear foreign bodies (LFB) was 3 days (range 1-18 days) compared with 2 days (range 1-22 days) for dogs in the NLFB group, which was significantly different. ...

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Linear: longer operations & hospitalisation

Lab tests

Dogs with LFB had significantly lower sodium, potassium and chloride, and higher bicarbonate, haematocrit and blood urea nitrogen as compared to those with NLFB. ...

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Most common locations

Dogs with linear foreign bodies most commonly had foreign material anchored in their stomach (150 dogs, 85.2%), whereas the foreign material was most commonly found in the jejunum in dogs with non-linear (211 dogs, 65.3%). ...

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by Melissa M. Hobday, Garret E. Pachtinger, Kenneth J. Drobatz and Rebecca S. Syring

Linear vs. non linear


In the study, several clinical signs and examination findings were evaluated in the dogs with linear and non-linear foreign bodies. ...

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Objectives: To compare clinical signs, clinicopathological abnormalities, imaging findings and outcome of dogs with linear and non-linear foreign bodies in the gastrointestinal tract.

Methods: Retrospective review of case records of dogs with a confirmed diagnosis of gastrointestinal foreign body. Signalment, history, clinical signs, clinicopathological data, diagnostic imaging studies, surgical and endoscopic procedures, hospital stay, costs and outcome were compared between groups. ...

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