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Diagnosis of Chronic Gastric Instability Using Computed Tomography in a Great Dane

Peter Scott Czajkowski, Ruth Mackenzie Hallman.

Chronic gastric instability (CGI) is part of the GDV complex and contributes to the pathophysiologic mechanism of volvulus. Clinical signs can be attributed to a flaccid and mobile stomach. This manuscript serves as a review of the literature surrounding CGI and presents a case where computerized tomography is utilized in combination with abdominal radiography to diagnose CGI. The patient was later euthanized after developing acute abdominal pain. Necropsy revealed a distended stomach with 180o rotation along its long axis. This case demonstrates that CGI and GDV share a continuum, and cases of CGI may progress to GDV without prophylactic surgical intervention.

Key words: Chronic GDV, Gastric Malpositioning, Chronic Gastric Torsion, Chronic Gastric Instability

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