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Thursday, July 21, 2011

"Hard Keeper"

The endoscopic view above corresponds to an Arab gelding that had been labeled a "hard keeper" and was not performing up to expectation within the show arena. The gelding had been treated for suspect gastric ulceration for several weeks with minimal improvement. A gastroscopy was performed under light sedation while the gelding was standing in his stall. Moderate ulceration of the stomach was discovered. Interestingly, the majority of the ulcers were along the glandular stomach, near the pylorus. This type of ulceration is not common and often difficult to diagnose. These types of gastric ulcers are commonly associated with excessive non-steroidal administration (banamine, phenylbutazone, etc.) Fortunately, with the proper treatment, the gelding will soon return to the winner's circle!

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