Stomach: ultrasonography evaluation and post mortem inspection in adult horses

  • Cristiano Chaves Pessoa da Veiga
  • Clarice Marante Cascon
  • Bruno Gonçalves de Souza
  • Lucas Santos de Melo Braga
  • Vinicius Carvalho de Souza
  • Ana Maria Reis Ferreira
  • Juliana da Silva Leite
Keywords: Gastric mucosa, ultrasound, equine


ABSTRACT. Veiga C.C.P., Cascon C.M., Souza B.G., Braga L.S.M., Souza V.C., Ferreira A.M.R. & Leite J.S. [Stomach: ultrasonography evaluation and post mortem inspection in adult horses.] Avaliação ultrassonográfica e anatomopatológica macroscópica do estômago de equinos destinados ao abate comercial. Revista Brasileira de Medicina Veterinária, 36(2):125-130, 2014. Instituto de Veterinária, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, BR 465, km 7, Seropédica, 23890-000, RJ, Brasil. E-mail: The equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) includes all symptomatic or asymptomatic cases of erosions, ulcers, gastritis, gastric emptying disorders, duodenitis, duodenal ulcers and complications of these disorders. Occupies a prominent place in the equine clinic where you can go for the death of the animal. Ultrasonography of the stomach is indicated when the animals showed clinical signs of gastric disease. The aim of this study was to describe the sonographic evaluation and macroscopic pathological findings of the stomach of adult horses intended for commercial slaughter. To this 39 intended for commercial slaughter horses were evaluated. Sonographic evaluation before slaughter transabdominal via the left side of abdomen for evaluation of the stomach was performed. After the slaughter of these animals their stomachs were collected, evaluated and photographed. The study concluded that ultrasonography identified the stomach in all animals evaluated, but did not allow a careful evaluation of the entire length of the viscera, especially the aglandular region and pleated border. All animals evaluated had injury to the gastric mucosa in different degrees. In animals evaluated, the stomach region was most affected by injuries glandular region, although the most severe lesions have been found in the ruffled border adjacent to aglandular region.

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da Veiga, C. C. P., Cascon, C. M., de Souza, B. G., Braga, L. S. de M., de Souza, V. C., Ferreira, A. M. R., & Leite, J. da S. (2014). Stomach: ultrasonography evaluation and post mortem inspection in adult horses. Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Medicine, 36(2), 125-130. Retrieved from

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