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Objective—To assess the effects of repeated episodes of propofol-associated anesthesia on quality of recovery from anesthesia, clinical status, and erythrocyte physiology in cats.

Design—Original study.

Animals—37 cats undergoing short-duration anesthesia for radiotherapy.

Procedures—Twice daily on 5 consecutive days, 13 cats with squamous cell carcinoma of the nasal planum (group 1) underwent anesthesia: first via administration of propofol or a midazolam (0.2 mg/kg [0.09 mg/lb])-propofol combination and then via administration of ketamine and midazolam each day (latter data were not analyzed). During a 19-day period, 24 cats with vaccineassociated sarcoma (group 2) were anesthetized 12 times with propofol or a midazolam-propofol combination. Anesthesia was maintained with propofol in both groups. Hematologic analysis was performed before, during, and on completion of radiotherapy; changes in Hct and hemoglobin concentration between groups were compared.

Results—Mean duration of anesthesia was 8.1 minutes (range, 5 to 20 minutes); no adverse events were detected during recovery. Total dose of propofol administered did not differ between groups 1 (6.34 mg/kg [2.88 mg/lb]) and 2 (4.71 mg/kg [2.14 mg/lb]). Midazolam administration decreased the propofol dose by 26%. Overall decreases from baseline in Hct and hemoglobin concentration were not significantly different between the 2 groups, nor clinically important; however, compared with baseline, values in group 2 were significantly lower after 6 and 12 anesthetic episodes for both protocols. Heinz bodies were identified in low numbers in both groups during radiotherapy.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Results indicated that repeated propofol-associated short-duration anesthesia does not lead to clinically relevant hematologic changes in cats undergoing short-duration radiotherapy.

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in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association


Objective—To investigate subjective and computerized methods of evaluation of color Doppler (CD) and power Doppler (PD) ultrasonographic images (obtained before and after administration of contrast medium) for quantitative assessment of vascularity and perfusion of various naturally occurring tumors in dogs.

Sample Population—34 tumors in 34 dogs.

Procedure—Tumors in dogs were examined via CD and PD ultrasonography before and after IV injection of a microbubble contrast agent (pre- and postcontrast examinations, respectively). Images were digitized for subjective assessment of vessel density and vascular pattern and computer-aided assessment of parameters of vascularity (fractional area [FA]) and perfusion (color-weighted FA [CWFA] and mean color level).

Results—With both analysis methods, more vessels were identified in precontrast PD ultrasonographic images than in precontrast CD ultrasonographic images. Moreover, compared with values for precontrast PD ultrasonography, FA, CWFA, and mean color level were higher for postcontrast PD ultrasonography. In postcontrast images, there was a significant association between vessel densities determined through subjective and computerized assessments. Although sample size was small, vascularity of squamous cell carcinomas was significantly greater than that of other tumor types. Ten of the 19 soft tissue sarcomas had low vessel density with minor contrast enhancement. With increasing gross tumor volume, FA and CWFA decreased for all Doppler ultrasonographic methods.

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Higher values of the ultrasonographic parameters representing vascularity and perfusion of tumors in dogs were determined via PD ultrasonography after administration of contrast medium than via PD or CD ultrasonography without administration of contrast medium. (Am J Vet Res 2005;66:21–29)

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in American Journal of Veterinary Research