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Laparoscopy was performed on 6 horses (2 mares, 2 geldings, 2 stallions) to determine the normal laparoscopic anatomy of the equine abdomen. After withholding feed for 36 hours, horses were examined from the left and right paralumbar fossae, and the visceral anatomic structures were recorded by videotape and photography. One mare developed emphysema located subcutaneously at the primary laparoscopic portal; otherwise, there were no complications. The anatomic structures of diagnostic importance that were observed in the left half of the abdomen were the hepatic duct; left lateral and quadrate lobes of the liver; stomach; spleen; left kidney with the associated nephrosplenic ligament; segments of jejunum, descending colon, and ascending colon; left side of the male and female reproductive tracts; urinary bladder; vaginal ring; and mesorchium. Important structures observed in the right side of the abdomen were portions of the common hepatic duct; left lateral, quadrate, and right lobes of the liver; caudate process of the liver; stomach; duodenum; right dorsal colon, epiploic foramen; omental bursa; right kidney; base of the cecum; segments of jejunum, descending colon, and ascending colon; urinary bladder; right half of the male and female reproductive tracts; and rectum.

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The medical records of 50 horses examined because of lacerations of the tendon of the superficial or deep digital flexor muscle were reviewed to determine whether any injury or treatment factors could be associated with outcome. Median age of horses treated was 4.5 years (range, 1.5 years to 15 years), and the median follow-up time was 5 years (range, 1.5 to 16 years) after injury. Horses were considered to have survived if they were alive more than 1 year after injury. Twelve of 16 horses that had 1 or the other tendon transected survived; 13 of 16 horses that had both tendons transected survived; and 14 of 18 horses that had partial tendon disruptions of 1 or both tendons survived. Of the 39 surviving horses, 27 horses returned to their original use, and 32 horses were sound for riding. Nine horses with 1 or both tendons transected were being used for athletic activities. Lacerated tendons were sutured in 16 horses, and 15 of these survived. Tendons were not sutured in 34 horses, and 24 of these survived. We were not able to detect any association between outcome and tendon sheath involvement or between outcome and limb involvement (forelimb vs hind limb).

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Cardiopulmonary effects of etomidate administration were studied in hypovolemic dogs. Baseline cardiopulmonary data were recorded from conscious dogs after instrumentation. Hypovolemia was induced by withdrawal of blood from dogs until mean arterial pressure of 60 mm of Hg was achieved. Blood pressure was maintained at 60 mm of Hg for 1 hour, by further removal or replacement of blood. One milligram of etomidate/kg of body weight was then administered iv to 7 dogs, and the cardiopulmonary effects were measured 3, 15, 30, and 60 minutes later. After blood withdrawal and prior to etomidate administration, heart rate, arterial oxygen tension, and oxygen utilization ratio increased. Compared with baseline values, the following variables were decreased: mean arterial pressure, mean pulmonary arterial pressure, central venous pressure, pulmonary wedge pressure, cardiac index, oxygen delivery, mixed venous oxygen tension, mixed venous oxygen content, and arterial carbon dioxide tension. Three minutes after etomidate administration, central venous pressure, mixed venous and arterial carbon dioxide tension, and venous admixture increased, and heart rate, arterial and venous pH, and arterial oxygen tension decreased, compared with values measured immediately prior to etomidate administration. Fifteen minutes after etomidate injection, arterial pH and heart rate remained decreased. At 30 minutes, only heart rate was decreased, and at 60 minutes, mean arterial pressure was increased, compared with values measured before etomidate administration. Results of this study indicate that etomidate induces minimal changes in cardiopulmonary function when administered to hypovolemic dogs.

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To determine whether body direction in a trailer affects the degree to which a horse is excited (and presumably stressed) during transport, heart rates were measured in 8 Thoroughbred geldings transported over a 32-km route of county roads while tethered facing forward or backward in a 4-horse stock trailer. Heart rates also were measured on the horses while they were tethered facing forward or backward in the same trailer while it was parked. Heart rates decreased during the first 10 minutes for both groups, and remained stable after the first 15 minutes. Heart rates were not significantly different between horses facing forward or backward during transport or while parked. Heart rates were significantly (P < 0.05) higher for horses during transport, compared with those of horses in a parked trailer whether facing forward or backward.

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Surface oximetry was used to evaluate viability of the ascending colon in 60 horses with naturally occurring colonic volvulus or displacement. Tissue surface oxygen tension (Ps o 2 ) was measured on the serosal surface of the pelvic flexure after anatomic correction of the colonic obstruction. Horses with Ps o 2 > 20 mm of Hg were predicted to have viable colon; whereas, horses with Ps o 2 ≤ 20 mm of Hg were predicted to have nonviable colon. Results of surface oximetry were compared with final outcome. For surface oximetry, sensitivity (ability to accurately identify colon that was nonviable) was 53%, but specificity (ability to accurately identify bowel that was viable) was 100%. Negative predictive value (probability that a horse with Ps o 2 > 20 mm of Hg truly had viable bowel) was 87%, and positive predictive value (probability that a horse with Ps o 2 ≤ 20 mm of Hg truly had nonviable bowel) was 100%. The overall accuracy was 88%. Of the 45 horses that had a colonic Ps o 2 > 20 mm of Hg and survived, 7 had been given, on the basis of subjective assessment of visual criteria, a good prognosis, 28 had been given a guarded prognosis, and 10 had been given a poor prognosis. Of the horses that had a colonic Ps o 2 > 20 mm of Hg but died after surgery because of further colonic infarction, confirmed at necropsy, 4 had been given a poor prognosis, and 3 had been given a guarded prognosis. Of the 8 horses that had a colonic Ps o 2 ≤ 20 mm of Hg and died after surgery, 7 had been given a poor prognosis, and 1 had been given a guarded prognosis. We concluded that surface oximetry, a relatively noninvasive technique, provided a better prediction of survival in horses with colonic volvulus or displacement than did visual inspection alone.

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Cardiopulmonary effects of halothane administration were studied in hypovolemic dogs. Baseline cardiopulmonary data were recorded from conscious dogs after instrumentation. Hypovolemia was induced by withdrawal of blood from dogs until mean arterial pressure of 60 mm of Hg was achieved. Blood pressure was maintained at 60 mm of Hg for 1 hour, by further removal or replacement of blood. Halothane was delivered by face mask, dogs were intubated, then halothane end-tidal concentration of 1.13 ± 0.02% was maintained, and cardiopulmonary effects were measured 3, 15, 30, and 60 minutes later. After blood withdrawal and prior to halothane administration, systemic vascular resistance index, oxygen extraction, and base deficit increased. Compared with baseline values, these variables were decreased: mean arterial pressure, mean pulmonary arterial pressure, pulmonary arterial occlusion pressure, cardiac index, oxygen delivery index, oxygen consumption index, mixed venous oxygen tension, mixed venous oxygen content, venous admixture, arterial bicarbonate concentration, and mixed venous pH. At all times after intubation, arterial and venous oxygen tensions and mixed venous carbon dioxide tensions were increased. Three minutes after intubation, base deficit and mixed venous carbon dioxide tension increased, and mean arterial pressure and arterial and venous pH decreased, compared with values measured immediately prior to halothane administration. Fifteen minutes after intubation, systemic vascular resistance index decreased and, at 15 and 30 minutes, mean arterial pressure and arterial and venous pH remained decreased. At 60 minutes, mean pulmonary arterial pressure and pulmonary arterial occlusion pressure were increased and mixed venous pH was decreased, compared with values measured before halothane administration. Results of this study indicated that induction of anesthesia with halothane and maintenance at an end-tidal halothane concentration of 1.13% induced significant changes in blood pressure, with minimal effects on cardiac output and pulmonary function, when administered to hypovolemic dogs.

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in American Journal of Veterinary Research

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Cardiopulmonary effects of propofol were studied in hypovolemic dogs from completion of, until 1 hour after administration. Hypovolemia was induced by withdrawal of blood from dogs until mean arterial pressure of 60 mm of Hg was achieved. After stabilization at this pressure for 1 hour, 6 mg of propofol/kg of body weight was administered iv to 7 dogs, and cardiopulmonary effects were measured. After blood withdrawal and prior to propofol administration, oxygen utilization ratio increased, whereas mean arterial pressure, mean pulmonary arterial pressure, central venous pressure, pulmonary capillary wedge pressure, cardiac index, oxygen delivery, mixed venous oxygen tension, and mixed venous oxygen content decreased from baseline. Three minutes after propofol administration, mean pulmonary arterial pressure, pulmonary vascular resistance, oxygen utilization ratio, venous admixture, and arterial and mixed venous carbon dioxide tensions increased, whereas mean arterial pressure, arterial oxygen tension, mixed venous oxygen content, arterial and mixed venous pH decreased from values measured prior to propofol administration. Fifteen minutes after propofol administration, mixed venous carbon dioxide tension was still increased; however by 30 minutes after propofol administration, all measurements had returned to values similar to those measured prior to propofol administration.

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Twenty horses with 30 lesions were studied to evaluate the effects of intratumoral chemotherapy with cisplatin in sesame oil on equine sarcoids (n = 19), squamous cell carcinomas (n = 7), and squamous cell papillomas (n = 4). Treatment consisted of 4 sessions of intratumoral cisplatin chemotherapy at 2-week intervals. A controlled-release formulation of cisplatin in sesame oil was used to limit drug egress from the injection site. Mean dosage per session was 0.97 (±0.17, sem) mg of cisplatin/cm3 of tumor tissue treated for tumor volumes ranging from 10 to 20 cm3. Dosage tended to be slightly higher for smaller tumors and slightly lower for larger tumors. Tumor regression was observed in all horses. Complete response was observed in 18 of the sarcoids, 5 of the squamous cell carcinomas, and 4 of the squamous cell papillomas. The mean relapse-free interval was 21.6 and 14 months in horses with sarcoid and carcinoma/papilloma, respectively. The 1-year relapse-free rates were 87 and 65% for equine sarcoid and carcinoma/papilloma, respectively. In horses with relapse, 70% had tumor recurrence outside the treated field. Cisplatin-related local toxicosis was minimal. Intratumoral cisplatin chemotherapy was found to be a practical and effective treatment of sarcoid and squamous cell carcinoma/papilloma in horses.

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Chemical and cytologic effects and bactericidal activity of gentamicin in septic synovial fluid were evaluated in an experimental model of infectious arthritis in horses. Septic arthritis was induced by inoculation of approximately 7.5 × 106 colony-forming units of Escherichia coli into 1 antebrachiocarpal joint in each of 16 clinically normal adult horses. Clinical signs of septic arthritis were evident 24 hours after inoculation. Horses were allotted to 3 groups: group-1 horses (n = 5) each were given 150 mg of gentamicin (50 mg/ml; 3 ml) intra-articularly (ia); group-2 horses (n = 5) each were given 2.2 mg of gentamicin/kg of body weight, iv, every 6 hours; and group-3 horses (n = 6) each were given buffered gentamicin, consisting of 3 mEq of sodium bicarbonate (1 mEq/ml; 3 ml) and 150 mg of gentamicin (50 mg/ml; 3 ml), ia. Synovial fluid specimens were obtained at posttreatment hour (pth) 0, 0.25, 1, 4, 8, 12, and 24 via an indwelling intra-articular catheter. Synovial fluid pH was evaluated at pth 0, 0.25, and 24. Microbiologic culture and cytologic examination were performed on synovial fluid specimens obtained at pth 0 and 24, and gentamicin concentration was measured in all synovial fluid specimens.

At pth 0, E coli was isolated from synovial fluid specimens obtained from all horses. Synovial fluid pH was lower (range, 7.08 to 7.16) and wbc count was higher (range, 88,000 to 227,200 cells/μl) and predominantly neutrophilic (95 to 99%) at pth 0 than before inoculation. Synovial fluid pH was lowered further (mean, pH 6.63) after ia administration of gentamicin in group-1 horses; mean pH remained unchanged (7.07) after buffered-gentamicin administration in group-3 horses. At pth 0.25, mean peak synovial fluid gentamicin concentration in horses of groups 1 and 3 (4,745 and 6,190 μg/ml, respectively) was 1,000 times greater than that in group-2 horses (5.1 μg/ml) at the same time. Synovial fluid gentamicin concentration in group-1 and group-3 horses was always greater than that in group-2 horses and remained greater than a minimal inhibitory concentration of gentamicin (2 μg/ml) against many common equine bacterial pathogens for at least 24 hours after injection. Further, the calculated apparent half-life and clearance of gentamicin in synovial fluid calculated after ia administration were similar in horses of groups 1 and 3. By pth 24, E coli could not be isolated from synovial fluid specimens obtained from group-1 horses. However, moderate to heavy growth of E coli was isolated from synovial fluid specimens obtained at pth 24 from horses in groups 2 and 3 (80 and 66%, respectively).

In selected cases, ia administration of unbuffered gentamicin may be a useful supplement to drainage, lavage, and systemic antibacterial and anti-inflammatory treatment in horses with naturally acquired infectious arthritis.

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in American Journal of Veterinary Research