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Continuous caudal epidural analgesia for perioperative pain control after bilateral mastectomy in a mare

Abstract

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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