Eleven Hungarian broodmares (mixed genotype) had been evaluated in late term pregnancy by transabdominal ultrasound at Equine Clinic Üllö as well as on a Hungarian stud farm. The examinations required special ultrasound equipment (2-6 MHz microconvex probe) and patients were kept in a stock during the examinations. The evaluation included measurements of foetal heart rate, diameter of foetal aorta, maximal depths of amniotic and allantoic fluid, continuity and thickness of the uteroplacental unit, foetal tone and mobility. Prepartum and postpartum data were collected. Finally, a comparison was made between the prognostic value of the measured parameters and the outcome of the pregnancies. As a conclusion, the transabdominal sonographic evaluation of late-term mares can be done under clinical and farm conditions and gives useful information on foetal well-being. It was also concluded, that this useful assessment method should be used either in clinical and stud practice in Hungary and evaluated further in a larger group of mares.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Magyar Allatorvosok Lapja|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2014|
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