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Nine adult female sheep were each surgically fitted with an Ivan and Johnston reentrant cannula in the cranial part of the duodenum just distal to the pylorus. By diversion (loss) of abomasal outflow, this model has been shown to consistently induce hypochloremic, hypokalemic metabolic alkalosis, accompanied by hyponatremia and dehydration. Each sheep was subjected to 3 treatment trials, each preceded by a 24-hour prediversion period, and a diversion period during which a syndrome of hypochloremia (68 ± 2 mEq/L), hypokalemia, hyponatremia, and metabolic alkalosis was induced.

Development of this syndrome was attributable to losses of large amounts of acid and electrolytes in the abomasal effluent. Mean total electrolyte contents of the effluent were: Cl, 650 ± 27 mEq; Na+, 388 ± 23 mEq; and K+, 123 ± 12 mEq, with total volume loss ranging from 3.6 to 10.0 L of gastric contents and pH ranging from 3 to 5. Decreases in plasma electrolyte concentrations also can be attributed to decreased intake, because anorexia developed shortly after the onset of diversion. Electrolyte losses in urine during diversion were minimal for Cl (mean ± sem, 12.0 ± 5.1 mEq), but were greater for Na+ (124.2 ± 14.5 mEq) and K+ (185.1 ± 31.2 mEq).

Treatments consisted of 0.9% NaCl (300 mosm/L), 3.6% NaCl (1,200 mosm/L), and 7.2% NaCl (2,400 mosm/L) administered over a 2-hour period, with the administered volume determined by the estimated total extracellular fluid Cl deficit. Significant difference was not found among treatments, with all solutions resulting in return of clinicopathologic and physical variables to prediversion values within 12 hours of treatment. We concluded that rapid iv replacement of Cl, with small volumes of hypertonic saline solution, is safe and effective for correction of experimentally induced hypochloremic, hypokalemic, metabolic alkalosis in sheep.

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The diffusing capacity for carbon monoxide (dl co ) and the functional residual capacity (frc) of the lung were measured in 5 healthy Thoroughbreds before and after instillation of autologous blood into their lungs, in an attempt to develop a method to quantitate extravascular blood in the lungs of horses with exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage. Mean (± SD) baseline values of dl co and frc were 333.8 ± 61.9 ml/min/mm of Hg and 21.464 ± 4.156 L, respectively. Blood instillation resulted in decreases in dl co and frc. The paradoxic decrease in dl co (we were expecting to find an increase owing to blood in the airspaces, as has been reported in people) appears to be associated with the bronchoscopic procedure and with presence of blood in the airways. We concluded that rebreathing dl co measurements were not effective for detecting blood introduced bronchoscopically into the lungs of horses.

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Using an applanation tonometer, 5 replicate intraocular pressure (iop) measurements were obtained from each eye of 12 young, clinically normal, American alligators. Alligator length ranged from 46 to 117 cm, measured from snout to tail tip. All iop were recorded by a single observer at an ambient temperature of approximately 25 C, and ranged from 5 to 35 mm of Hg. Observer reliability was excellent (intraclass r = 0.93), and iop did not change over the ordered sequence of 5 replicate measurements/eye. Replicate iop measurements were, therefore, averaged in each eye for comparison between eyes of the same alligator. Left and right eye iop were highly correlated within individual alligators (r = 0.92), whereas the mean within-animal difference between left and right eye iop was not statistically significant (95% confidence interval [ci] for the left eye-right eye mean difference, −1.9 to 1.5 mm of Hg). Mean iop determined for 5 confirmed females and 3 confirmed males did not differ significantly between the sexes (95% ci for the male-female difference in means, −2.1 to 3.7 mm of Hg). Mean ± sem iop of 23.7 + 2.1 mm of Hg determined for 4 alligators < 50 cm long was significantly (P = 0.009) greater than mean iop of 11.6 + 0.5 mm of Hg determined for 8 alligators > 50 cm long (95% ci for the difference in means, 8.5 to 15.7 mm of Hg). In young alligators, the relation between body length and iop appears to be nonlinear, possibly with a negative exponent.

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in American Journal of Veterinary Research