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Intracellular magnesium concentrations in dogs with gastric dilatation-volvulus

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  • 1 Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1314.
  • | 2 Present address is Department of Veterinary Anesthesiology, Radiology, and Surgery, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B4.
  • | 3 Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1314.
  • | 4 Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1314.
  • | 5 Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1314.

Abstract

Objective—To quantify and compare intracellular magnesium concentrations (Mgi) in clinically normal dogs (control dogs) and dogs that have gastric dilatation- volvulus (GDV dogs) and to determine whether there is a difference in Mgi and serum magnesium concentrations (Mgs) between GDV dogs with and without cardiac arrhythmias.

Animals—41 control dogs and 21 GDV dogs.

Procedure—Rectus abdominis muscle specimens were obtained from control and GDV dogs for determination of Mgi. Blood samples were obtained from GDV dogs for determination of Mgs, and dogs were monitored for 48 hours for cardiac arrhythmias. Muscle specimens were frozen at –40 C, oven dried at 95 C, and digested with concentrated nitric acid. Multielemental analyses were performed by simultaneous/ sequential inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy with fixed-cross flow nebulization. The Mgi was standardized to sulfur content to correct for the amount of fat and fascia in the muscle specimen. Mean (± SEM) values were recorded in parts per million (ppm).

Results—There were no significant differences in Mgi between control (627 ± 11.1 ppm) and GDV (597 ± 20.5 ppm) dogs, in Mgi between GDV dogs with (590 ± 34 ppm) and without (584 ± 29 ppm) cardiac arrhythmias, and in Mgs between GDV dogs with (1.77 ± 0.26 ppm) and without (1.51 ± 0.09 ppm) cardiac arrhythmias. There was no correlation between Mgs and Mgi ( R2=0.0001).

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Results indicate that Mg depletion is not pathophysiologically important in dogs with GDV and does not play a role in the cardiac arrhythmias detected in these patients. (Am J Vet Res 2000;61:1415–1417)

Abstract

Objective—To quantify and compare intracellular magnesium concentrations (Mgi) in clinically normal dogs (control dogs) and dogs that have gastric dilatation- volvulus (GDV dogs) and to determine whether there is a difference in Mgi and serum magnesium concentrations (Mgs) between GDV dogs with and without cardiac arrhythmias.

Animals—41 control dogs and 21 GDV dogs.

Procedure—Rectus abdominis muscle specimens were obtained from control and GDV dogs for determination of Mgi. Blood samples were obtained from GDV dogs for determination of Mgs, and dogs were monitored for 48 hours for cardiac arrhythmias. Muscle specimens were frozen at –40 C, oven dried at 95 C, and digested with concentrated nitric acid. Multielemental analyses were performed by simultaneous/ sequential inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy with fixed-cross flow nebulization. The Mgi was standardized to sulfur content to correct for the amount of fat and fascia in the muscle specimen. Mean (± SEM) values were recorded in parts per million (ppm).

Results—There were no significant differences in Mgi between control (627 ± 11.1 ppm) and GDV (597 ± 20.5 ppm) dogs, in Mgi between GDV dogs with (590 ± 34 ppm) and without (584 ± 29 ppm) cardiac arrhythmias, and in Mgs between GDV dogs with (1.77 ± 0.26 ppm) and without (1.51 ± 0.09 ppm) cardiac arrhythmias. There was no correlation between Mgs and Mgi ( R2=0.0001).

Conclusions and Clinical Relevance—Results indicate that Mg depletion is not pathophysiologically important in dogs with GDV and does not play a role in the cardiac arrhythmias detected in these patients. (Am J Vet Res 2000;61:1415–1417)