Journal article

Evaluation of racing performance after colic surgery in Thoroughbreds: 85 cases (1996-2010).

Joy E Tomlinson, Raymond C Boston, Thomas Brauer

J Am Vet Med Assoc | Published : 2013

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To determine racing performance after surgery for colic in Thoroughbreds. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. ANIMALS: 85 racing Thoroughbreds that survived to discharge following colic surgery and 170 race-matched reference horses. PROCEDURES: Earnings, starts, and earnings per start were compared between horses that underwent surgery and reference horses, the proportions of horses that returned to racing were analyzed, and career longevity was determined. RESULTS: Among 85 racing Thoroughbreds that underwent colic surgery, 31 (36%) had primarily small intestinal lesions, of which 11 underwent resection; 54 (64%) had large intestinal lesions, of which 2 underwent resection. Fifty..

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