Gastric dilatation volvulus: how to manage this life-threatening emergency? Definition, pathophysiology and treatment
Dogs with gastric dilatation-volvulus syndrome (GDV) require immediate medical and surgical care to improve the odds of survival. The etiology of GDV is still generally unknown, although numerous conformational, dietary, and environmental risk factors have been investigated.
Generally, with GDV the stomach rotates in a clockwise direction when viewed from the surgeon’s perspective, the duodenum and pylorus move ventrally and to the left of the midline and become displaced between the esophagus and stomach. The spleen usually is displaced to the right ventral side of the abdomen. Consult quickly this video to know more about the definition, pathophysiology and treatment of GDV and learn how to react quickly!