02742-A: Assessing Microvasculature for Intestinal Viability in Obstructed Small Intestines and Effects of Resection and Anastomosis Techniques

Grant Status: Closed

Grant Amount: $8,677
Penny Regier, MS, DVM; University of Florida
January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2022

Sponsor(s): Golden Retriever Foundation

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Research Program Area: Gastrointestinal Disease
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Intestinal foreign body ingestion is one of the most common causes for emergency surgery in dogs. Frequently, the foreign material causes damage to the intestines requiring surgical removal (resection) of the dead portion of intestine and surgical connection or re-attachment of the remaining intestine ends (anastomosis). At present, assessment of the need to resect and anastomose bowel is subjective and there may be areas of intestine with questionable health or viability. Recently, a hand-held, non-invasive device, GlycoCheckTM, capable of imaging the smallest blood vessels (microvasculature) of tissues has been extensively studied in human medicine for quantification of vascular health. This study will use the GlycoCheckTM to assess areas of questionable intestinal health in dogs with foreign body obstruction and establish reference ranges that will aid the surgeon’s ability to assess small intestinal viability intra-operatively. This study has the potential to aid in reducing complications associated with foreign body surgery.


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