Gastric dilatation-volvulus after splenic torsion in two dogs

J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1995 Aug 1;207(3):314-5.


Two dogs developed gastric dilatation-volvulus 2 and 17 months, respectively, after splenectomy for treatment of splenic torsion. Splenic displacement and torsion may stretch the gastric ligaments, allowing increased mobility of the stomach. After splenectomy, an anatomic void may be created in the cranioventral part of the abdomen, contributing to the mobility of the stomach. Veterinarians treating dogs with isolated splenic torsion may wish to consider prophylactic gastropexy at splenectomy, to reduce the chance of future gastric dilatation-volvulus. Prophylactic gastropexy should be done only if the dog's hemodynamic status is stable enough to allow for performance of the additional surgery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Dog Diseases / etiology*
  • Dog Diseases / surgery
  • Dogs
  • Gastric Dilatation / etiology
  • Gastric Dilatation / surgery
  • Gastric Dilatation / veterinary*
  • Male
  • Splenectomy / adverse effects
  • Splenic Diseases / complications
  • Splenic Diseases / surgery
  • Splenic Diseases / veterinary*
  • Stomach / surgery
  • Stomach Volvulus / etiology
  • Stomach Volvulus / surgery
  • Stomach Volvulus / veterinary*
  • Torsion Abnormality / veterinary