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Companion Animal Practice
Gastric dilation‐volvulus syndrome in dogs 1. Pathophysiology, diagnosis and stabilisation
  1. Mickey Tivers

    Mickey Tivers graduated from Bristol in 2002. He is currently a staff clinician in small animal surgery at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). He holds the RCVS certificate in small animal surgery.

  2. Dan Brockman

    Dan Brockman graduated from Liverpool in 1987. He is currently professor of small animal surgery at the RVC. He holds RCVS certificates in veterinary radiology and in small animal orthopaedics. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons.


GASTRIC dilation‐volvulus syndrome (GDVs) comprises acute gastric dilation (GD), acute gastric dilation‐volvulus (GDV) and chronic gastric volvulus. This article, the first of two reviewing the management of GDVs in dogs, discusses the pathogenesis, pathophysiology, diagnosis and stabilisation of GDV. An article in the next issue will describe surgical and postoperative

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