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Grade 3a uterus

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Claudia Stratton
Neonate
Username: Luvrosie

Post Number: 1
Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2006 - 05:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hello!

I am hoping someone can help educate me in what this biopsy grading means, beyond simply saying my mare's uterus is not viable.

The mare is 22 yrs old, is wonderfully healthy, had 6 foals with no problem getting in foal for previous owners, the last in 2000 due to my own health problems

My mare's ultrasound was terrific, no problems at all, no fluid etc., but the biopsy came back a 3a.

Can that test be deceptive sometimes, as in the vet happens to grab a bad spot, or should I just give up hope now of getting a foal from her?

So far, all I have is the preliminary report from the vet, I'm waiting for the final report to come in.

This is making me crazy!

Thanks in advance for any info that anyone can provide.
 

Jos
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Username: Jos

Post Number: 10653
Registered: 10-1999
Posted on Friday, May 12, 2006 - 01:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It is difficult to comment specifically on this as the score you offer (3a) is not in the commonly used Kenney biopsy scoring system for equines. The Kenney system has 3 numerical categories, with one of the categories further subdivided - I, IIA, IIB and III (aka 1, 2a, 2b, and 3). In the Kenney system the likelihood of production of a live foal is: Category I, 80 to 90%; Category IIA, 50 to 80%; Category IIB, 10 to 50%; and Category III, 10%.

While it is possible that the section of endometrium that was evaluated was one poor section in an otherwise healthy uterus, there is research that indicated that a single sample is 92% accurate in it's representation, and that an additional 10 samples only increase the accuracy level by 4 percentage points. You can certainly have the biopsy performed again, but it may not be any different the next time around.
 

Claudia
Neonate
Username: Luvrosie

Post Number: 2
Registered: 05-2006
Posted on Friday, May 12, 2006 - 02:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jos,

Thank you for the information regarding biopsies, even though it was not what I hoped to hear! But it does settle that question in my mind and I appreciate it.

After researching on the web, I should have indicated a grade III (I don't know what the A is the vet was referring to with that grading).

I guess it's time for me to stop grasping a straws, and accept that I won't be getting a foal from the mare.

Thanks again!



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