Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 12:39 am:
My mare is 10 months pregnant this week (bred once on April 24th) and we just had her last vet visit prior to foaling (hopefully anyway). The vet and I decided to do a trans-abdominal ultrasound just to get one last look at things. I'm not personally familiar with typical results of a 10 month ultrasound so I have no idea what to expect to see at that stage. The vet said everything was normal with the exception of some placental wrinkling and folding. She showed me an area where the placenta was wavy along it's attachment to the uterine wall and an area where it had folded over on itself (it looked a bit like a loop pointing away from the uterine wall on the US). She said this was not a very common finding, but not really an unusual one either. She also said that she only worries about these cases if there is a lot of the folding and she didn't consider this amount a lot. She was sure to say that she could not see the top of the placenta with this type of ultrasound so she couldn't be sure what was up there but she did not feel concerned enough to do something as invasive as a trans-rectal when we have NOO reason to suspect anything is amiss outside of that folding. She did say the placenta was a normal thickness everywhere she could see it and as such she was not concerned about placentitis.
My question for you guys is, is this something that really IS common and we just don't realize it because we don't often do late term ultrasounds? Is this uncommon but harmless? Is it something to be concerned about? Basically I'm just wanting another opinion that my vet is correct in her assessment of its being basically benign. She did say to watch her for discharge, fever and/or sudden udder development (she already has an udder but it's not big yet). Is this standard protocol?
I DO realize it is difficult for anyone to say without having seen the ultrasound themselves so I'm not really asking for specifics as much as general thoughts on the matter.
Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 07:38 pm:
All sounds pretty reasonable, although I personally don't have concerns about performing late-term trans-rectal ultrasounds, particularly if I have something specific to check such as CTUP.
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