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The association between gastric ulceration and clinical signs in adult horses

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dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-04T11:43:00Z und
dc.date.accessioned 2018-07-30T08:04:40Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-24T21:00:04Z und
dc.date.available 2018-07-30T08:04:40Z
dc.date.issued 2014-06-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/135173
dc.publisher University of Helsinki en
dc.publisher Helsingin yliopisto fi
dc.publisher Helsingfors universitet sv
dc.title The association between gastric ulceration and clinical signs in adult horses en
ethesis.discipline Equine Internal Medicine en
ethesis.discipline Hevosten sisätaudit fi
ethesis.discipline Hästar internmedicin sv
ethesis.department Avdelningen för klinisk häst- och smådjursmedicin sv
ethesis.department Department of Equine and Small Animal Medicine en
ethesis.department Kliinisen hevos- ja pieneläinlääketieteen osasto fi
ethesis.faculty Faculty of Veterinary Medicine en
ethesis.faculty Veterinärmedicinska fakulteten sv
ethesis.faculty Eläinlääketieteellinen tiedekunta fi
ethesis.faculty.URI http://data.hulib.helsinki.fi/id/f3d16a17-630c-43fb-86ad-031dba66d6a9
ethesis.university.URI http://data.hulib.helsinki.fi/id/50ae46d8-7ba9-4821-877c-c994c78b0d97
ethesis.university Helsingfors universitet sv
ethesis.university University of Helsinki en
ethesis.university Helsingin yliopisto fi
dct.creator Forsman, Cecilia
dct.issued 2014
dct.language.ISO639-2 eng
dct.abstract Clinical signs associated with equine gastric ulceration are commonly reported in the literature, but are vague and often unsubstantiated. Clinical signs of gastric ulceration in yearlings and mature horses are less well recognized than in foals, but may be more important economically. There are no studies in the literature that have investigated the statistical association between clinical signs and gastric ulceration. The aim of this study was to determine whether there is a statistical association between commonly reported clinical signs of gastric ulceration and gastric ulcer severity as determined by endoscopic examination of the stomach. The hypothesis of this study was that there is no association between the severity of gastric ulceration and the owners perception of clinical signs of gastric ulceration. To achieve statistical significance, the study included 100 horses. A gastroscopic examination was performed on all the horses and documented on video. Owners were then asked to fill in a questionnaire documenting the clinical signs exhibited by their horses in the 3 months prior to the examination. The ulcers where graded into four categories1) presence or absence of gastric ulcers; 2) presence or absence of clinical significant gastric ulcers (i.e. needing treatment or not); 3) presence or absence of glandular ulcers; and 4) presence or absence of non-glandular ulcers. The four categories where compared to the clinical signs using a Pearson Chi-Square or Mann- Whitney U-test. Significance was set at p<0.05. A statistical association was found between clinical significant ulcers and losing weight (p=0,01) and between ulcer or no ulcer and losing weight (p=0,051). The results suggest that an owners perception of their horse losing weight could be associated with the presence of gastric ulcers and an increased severity of gastric ulcers, and can be used as an indication to perform gastroscopy on these individuals. There was no association between gastric ulcer severity and the owners perception of colic, crib-biting, flank-biting, fussy eating, changes in behaviour, chronic diarrhoea, bruxism, poor body condition, poor coat condition and poor performance, and requests from owners to have gastroscopy performed on their horses based upon these clinical signs should be approached with caution. en
dct.subject equine gastric ulceration en
dct.subject clinical sign en
dct.subject statistics en
dct.language en
ethesis.language.URI http://data.hulib.helsinki.fi/id/languages/eng
ethesis.language English en
ethesis.language englanti fi
ethesis.language engelska sv
ethesis.supervisor Hewetson, Michael
ethesis.thesistype Tutkielma (Eläinlääketieteen lisensiaatti) fi
dct.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi-fe201804208335
dc.type.dcmitype Text
dct.alternative Samband mellan ulcus och kliniska symptomhos hästar sv

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