Develop your knowledge and understanding of pyometra and endometrial disorders in guinea pigs. This is a one-part course that can also be taken as part of the Reproductive disorders course bundle.
This module looks at pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and outcomes of pyometra and endometrial disorders in guinea pigs, including:
Cause – pyometra: bacterial infection of endometrial tissue which leads to the intraluminal accumulation of purulent exudate. Bacterial endometritis: bacterial infection of endometrial tissue along with an inflammatory response. Cystic endometrial hyperplasia: fairly common.
Signs – may be asymptomatic in early stages. Failure to become pregnant, blood from vulva, vaginal discharge, culture and sensitivity of uterine endometrial tissue, histopathology of uterine tissue following ovariohysterectomy for definitive diagnosis.
Diagnosis – physical examination, ultrasonography, radiography, bloodwork, biochemistries, urinalysis, cytology of vaginal discharge, culture and sensitivity of uterine endometrial tissue, histopathology of uterine tissue following ovariohysterectomy for definitive diagnosis.
Treatment – immediate therapy for pyometra and sepsis; antimicrobial therapy, fluid therapy, ovariohysterectomy (treatment of choice), supportive care throughout treatment period. Endocrine treatment: medical management can be tried, although ovariohysterectomy is preferred.
Prognosis – good to guarded, depending on cause.
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This online module includes an e-Book with content from Vetstream's Vetlexicon Exotis (guinea pigs) followed by a quiz leading to a personalized certificate. Written by some of the world's leading veterinarians, ensuring accuracy and depth of content.
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This module is worth approximately 60 minutes of CPD.