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Revista de Medicina Veterinaria

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MORALES BRICENO, Abelardo; LAMPREA GARRIDO, Antonio  and  MENDEZ SANCHEZ, Aniceto. Gastric Ulcers Syndrome in Donkeys. Rev. Med. Vet. [online]. 2015, n.30, pp.31-35. ISSN 0122-9354.

This study aimed to describe gastric ulcer in donkeys. 10 donkeys (Equus asinus) were studied in Bodonal de la Sierra, Badajoz-Extremadura, Spain. They were referred for necropsy and dead due to non-digestive causes. 4 males and 6 females were examined. The ages were classified of 4-16 years old. The stomach and gastric mucosa was evaluated for classified Mer-rit, 2003. Samples of gastric tissue were collected. The samples fixed in formalin were processed by conventional histological techniques and examined by histopathology. None of the donkeys presented clinical signs for gastric ulcers syndrome. Of the 10 donkeys studied, 10% had Grade 0; 30% Grade 1; 40% Grade 2; 10% Grade 3; and 10% Grade 4. In 30% (3/10) parasites such as Gasterophilus sp. were observed. The histological slices revealed severe damage on the gastric mucosa, a loss of continuity of the gastric mucosa with corium exposure, and subchorionic edema with parakeratotic hyperkeratosis, together with a mixed lymphoplasmocytic mononuclear infiltrate. In conclusion, we reported gastric ulcers syndrome in donkeys in Spain.

Keywords : EGUS; donkey; gastritis; ulcer.

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