Equine gastrointestinal motility research: Where we are and where we need to go

N. P. H. Hudson, A. M. Merritt

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Abstract

Equine gastrointestinal motility is a central issue in cases of equine colic, post operative convalescence and alimentary conditions encountered in practice. There are significant syndromes of intestinal dysmotility in the horse such as obstructive disorders and post operative ileus that are still poorly understood. This review describes the various areas of research that aim to elucidate the pathogenesis of intestinal hypo- or hypermotility by research methods, which include studies at the cellular level, and those that employ in vitro or in vivo techniques of evaluating the physiology and mechanical means of ingesta transit through the alimentary tract. The review discusses future directions for studies which will hopefully lead to better understanding and appropriate measures for diagnosis, therapy and prevention of Hens and other motility disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)422-428
Number of pages7
JournalEquine Veterinary Journal
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

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