Long-term outcome of female dogs treated for intramural ectopic ureters with cystoscopic-guided laser ablation

Christopher S F K Hoey, Ed Friend, Lee B Meakin, Guillaume P Chanoit

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OBJECTIVE: To report the complications and long-term outcome of female dogs with intramural ectopic ureter(s) (iEU) undergoing cystoscopic-guided laser ablation (CLA) and determine the effect of post-CLA neutering on urinary continence.

STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective clinical study.

ANIMALS OR SAMPLE POPULATION: Thirty-four client-owned dogs.

METHODS: Medical records of female dogs that had iEU-CLA were reviewed. A 10-point continence score was assigned before, immediately after, and at a minimum of 12 months postprocedure via owner telephone contact. Neutering status prior to and postprocedure was recorded.

RESULTS: Continence scores increased in all dogs after CLA (p < .0001, mean duration of follow-up: 63.9 ± 5.7 months) with an increase of the median score from 2 (preprocedure) to 10 (postprocedure). A urethral tear occurred in 2/34 dogs immediately after the procedure, successfully managed conservatively. Mild hematuria was present in 2/34, lasting less than 48 h. Postoperative urinary tract infections were documented in 6/34 dogs. Two dogs died of urinary-related issues at 1 and 5 months after CLA. Complete and near-complete urinary continence (scores 9 and 10/10) was achieved in 26/32 dogs including 3 dogs requiring medical (2) or surgical interventions (1). Post-CLA neutering did not affect continence scores (p = .44).

CONCLUSION: A large proportion of dogs regained and maintained full continence after CLA alone. Subsequent medical or surgical therapy allowed further improvements when needed. Post-CLA neutering did not negatively impact urinary continence score.

CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE: The beneficial effect of iEU-CLA in female dogs is long standing and not affected by postprocedural neutering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1449-1462
Number of pages14
JournalVeterinary Surgery
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

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