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Articles by Karen M. Tobias, DVM, MS, DACVS

Clinical Rounds: Recurrent mast cell tumors in a boxer

Make the rounds with these veterinary specialists and residents and see how various combinations of therapy eventually produced a good outcome in this case.
Aug 1, 2012

See how these veterinary specialists and residents used various therapies to produce a good outcome in this case.

Clinical Rounds: Anal sac adenocarcinoma

Make rounds with these veterinary specialists and residents for a complete picture of this neoplasia in dogs.
Feb 1, 2012

Make rounds with these veterinary specialists and residents for a complete picture of this neoplasia in dogs.

How to perform a surgical hepatic biopsy

An open surgical method greatly improves your chances of obtaining a diagnostic liver biopsy sample. The specific biopsy technique you should use depends on the site from which you are sampling.
May 1, 2006

In patients with known or suspected liver disease, obtaining a biopsy sample is often indicated. This article features guidance on when and how to perform a surgical hepatic biopsy.

Key gastrointestinal surgeries: Gastrotomy

When performed correctly, this procedure can help in the diagnosis and treatmentof many conditions—with minimal risk to patients. Follow this guide to the proper surgical technique.
Apr 1, 2006

Gastrotomy is a routine and relatively safe surgical procedure with several indications, but appropriate technique is vital to preventing complications.

Key gastrointestinal surgeries: Intestinal anastomosis

Patients suffering from irresolvable intestinal obstruction or devitalization are among those that benefit from intestinal resection and the procedure described here, which reconnects the intestine end-to-end.
Apr 1, 2006

Intestinal anastomosis is an important surgical procedure that connects two sections of the intestines once a diseased portion has been removed. A key concern is to prevent leakage at the anastomosis site and subsequent peritonitis, but this complication can be avoided if the procedure is done correctly and preventive measures are taken.

Symposium on key gastrointestinal surgeries

Apr 1, 2006

The articles in this symposium provide an overview of indications, techniques, and complications related to a variety of gastrointestinal surgical procedures.

Key gastrointestinal surgeries: Omentalization

This easy-to-do procedure can be used to seal incision sites, help reconstruct infected skin wounds,or create a physiologic drain. Here's how to place an omental patch in the gastrointestinal tract.
Apr 1, 2006

Omentalization, the placement of omentum around organs or within cavities to improve vascularization or drainage, has been used in a variety of abdominal, thoracic, oncologic, and reconstructive surgical procedures.

Key gastrointestinal surgeries: Incisional gastropexy

This simple procedure is a good option for helping preventgastric dilatation-volvulus in dogs and has few postoperative complications.
Apr 1, 2006

The primary indication for gastropexy is to prevent the development or recurrence of gastric dilatation-volvulus.

Key gastrointestinal surgeries: Intestinal biopsy

Performing an intestinal biopsy should not be intimidating. These veterinarians explainthe technique they use, so you can add this diagnostic tool to your clinical toolbox.
Apr 1, 2006

You may be hesitant to perform a full-thickness incisional biopsy to obtain an intestinal tissue sample, but in many cases, this technique is preferred. In this article, we review when incisional biopsy is best and provide a simple step-by-step guide to the procedure to increase your confidence.

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