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Sciatic-femoral nerve block with bupivacaine in goats undergoing elective stifle arthrotomy

Sciatic-femoral nerve block with bupivacaine in goats undergoing elective stifle arthrotomy,10.1016/j.tvjl.2010.02.008,Veterinary Journal,Chiara Adami

Sciatic-femoral nerve block with bupivacaine in goats undergoing elective stifle arthrotomy  
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The aim of this study was to describe the sciatic-femoral nerve block (SFNB) in goats and to evaluate the peri-operative analgesia when the goats underwent stifle arthrotomy. The animals were randomly assigned to one of four treatment groups: groups 0.25, 0.5 and 0.75 received 0.25%, 0.5% and 0.75% of bupivacaine, respectively, while group C (control group) received 0.9% NaCl. In all groups, the volume administered was 0.2mL/kg. Intra-operatively, the proportion of animals receiving rescue propofol was significantly lower in groups 0.5 and 0.75, compared to group C. Post-operatively, the visual analogue scale (VAS) and total pain score were significantly higher in group C than in the other groups. Group 0.75 had the highest percentage of animals showing motor blockade. SFNB performed with bupivacaine resulted in better intra- and post-operative analgesia than SFNB performed with saline. Compared to the other concentrations, 0.5% bupivacaine resulted in satisfactory analgesia with acceptable side effects.
Journal: Veterinary Journal - VET J , vol. 188, no. 1, pp. 53-57, 2011
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