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Colposuspension in 60 bitches with incompetence of the urethral sphincter mechanism

Marchevsky, A.M., Edwards, G.A., Lavelle, R.B. and Robertson, I.D.ORCID: 0000-0002-4255-4752 (1999) Colposuspension in 60 bitches with incompetence of the urethral sphincter mechanism. Australian Veterinary Practitioner, 29 (1). p. 2.


Sixty bitches presented to the University of Melbourne Veterinary Clinic and Hospital with a history of persistent urinary incontinence. Clinical and radiographic findings were suggestive of a diagnosis of urethral sphincter mechanism incompetence. Forty-three bitches developed incontinence as adults whilst 17 bitches were congenitally affected. All animals were unresponsive to medical therapy. Colposuspension alone was performed in all animals. Fifty-seven bitches were available for long term follow up. Forty percent were totally cured, 42% were markedly improved or totally continent with medication and 18% failed to respond. Bitches that acquired urethral mechanism incompetence were more likely to have a successful outcome than those that were congenitally affected. Adult bitches that became incontinent greater than six months after desexing were also more like to be cured.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association
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