Effects of postparturient uterine lavage on uterine involution in the mare

T. L. Blanchard, D. D. Varner, S. P. Brinsko, Stuart A Meyers, L. Johnson

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Eighteen postparturient mares were used to evaluate effects of uterine lavage on uterine involution. Mares were randomly assigned to one of three treatment groups: Group 1 (seven mares), no lavage; Group 2 (five mares), lavage on Day 3 post partum; and Group 3 (six mares), lavage on Days 3, 4, and 5 post partum. Five liters sterile physiologic saline, prewarmed to 42°C, were used for each lavage. Transrectal ultrasound examination of the reproductive tract was performed on Day 11 post partum to detect the presence of free fluid in the uterine lumen, to estimate the cross-sectional diameter of the uterine horns and body, and to determine if ovulation had occurred. Endometrial biopsies were also taken on Day 11 post partum to evaluate endometrial histologic characteristics. Lavage had no effect (P>0.05) on diameter of the uterine body or previously gravid uterine horn, presence of fluid in the uterine lumen, or number of mares which had ovulated by Day 11 post partum. Histologic characteristics of the endometrium (height of luminal epithelium, gland depth, relative gland vclume, and inflammatory-cell score) were not affected by treatment (P>0.05). Postpartum uterine lavage did not significantly affect uterine involution by the parameters measured in normal-foaling mares at Day 11 post partum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)527-535
Number of pages9
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • mare
  • postparturient period
  • uterine involution
  • uterine lavage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)


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