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Continuous caudal epidural analgesia for perioperative pain control after bilateral mastectomy in a mare
  1. Diego Rodrigo-Mocholi1,
  2. Barbara Steblaj2,
  3. Lieven Vlaminck1,
  4. Frank Gasthuys1 and
  5. Stijn Schauvliege1
  1. 1Surgery and Anaesthesiology of Domestic Animals, Faculty of Veterinary, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium
  2. 2Small Animal Intensive Care Unit, CHUVA, Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort, Maisons-Alfort, France
  3. 3Surgery and Anaesthesiology of Large Animals, Faculty of Veterinary, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium
  4. 4Department of Surgery, University of Gent, Merelbeke, Belgium
  5. 5Department of Surgery and Anaesthesiology, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Diego Rodrigo-Mocholi, diego.rodrigomocholi{at}


An epidural catheter was used to provide perioperative analgesia as part of a multimodal balanced anaesthesia and analgesia in a mare undergoing a bilateral mastectomy. Despite development of severe hypoxaemia during anaesthesia, recovery from anaesthesia was uneventful. Oral administration of a NSAID combined with administration of xylazine and morphine by an epidural catheter resulted in adequate postoperative pain relief, based on assessment of physiological parameters and behaviour. Neither complications nor side effects were observed during hospitalisation.

  • Analgesia
  • Epidural
  • Horses
  • Mastectomy
  • Pain
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