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Equine practice
Gastric ulceration in horses
  1. Richard Hepburn


Equine gastric ulceration syndrome (EGUS) was first described in 1986 and is common in all types of horses. The clinical signs are variable and often vague but EGUS can be easily diagnosed following thorough history taking and physical examination, and confirmed using gastroscopy. Ulcers can be effectively treated and prevented by introducing changes in management practices and instituting drug therapy. This article discusses the aetiology and risk factors associated with gastric ulceration in horses and outlines the approach for diagnosis, treatment and prevention in adults, while highlighting how this differs in foals.

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