Complications of enteroplication for the prevention of intussusception recurrence in dogs: 35 cases (1989-1999). Academic Article uri icon


  • OBJECTIVE: To compare complication and recurrence rates in dogs treated for intussusception that underwent enteroplication to rates in dogs treated for intussusception that did not undergo enteroplication. DESIGN: Retrospective study. ANIMALS: 35 dogs with intestinal intussusception. PROCEDURE: Information on signalment, clinical signs, potential predisposing causes, surgical technique, opioid administration, use of enteroplication, postoperative complications, and whether the intussusception recurred was obtained from the medical records. RESULTS: Dogs ranged from 8 weeks to 10 years old. Opioids were administered in the perioperative period in 34 dogs. Enteroplication was performed in 16 dogs. Complications of enteroplication that required a second surgery were identified in 3 dogs. None of the 16 dogs that underwent enteroplication had a recurrence of intussusception, whereas 1 of the 19 dogs that did not undergo enteroplication had a recurrence. Rate of intussusception recurrence and likelihood that a second surgical procedure would be required were not significantly different between dogs that underwent enteroplication and dogs that did not. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Results suggest that enteroplication may be associated with life-threatening complications in dogs, but the likelihood of a dog requiring a second surgical procedure following surgical correction of intussusception was not different between dogs that underwent enteroplication at the time of the initial surgery and dogs that did not.

published proceedings

  • J Am Vet Med Assoc

author list (cited authors)

  • Applewhite, A. A., Hawthorne, J. C., & Cornell, K. K.

citation count

  • 30

complete list of authors

  • Applewhite, AA||Hawthorne, JC||Cornell, KK

publication date

  • November 2001