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See detailUse of automatic stapling device during castration to prevent (re)occurrence of inguinal hernia in horses with large vaginal rings.
Salciccia, Alexandra ULg; de la Rebière de Pouyade, Geoffroy ULg; Ponthier, Jérôme ULg et al

in Journal of Equine Veterinary Science (2014, January), 34(1), 99-100

(Re)ocurrence of inguinal hernia in case of very large vaginal rings may simply be prevented by closure of the vaginal tunic by TA staples during castration by inguinal approach. This method provides a ... [more ▼]

(Re)ocurrence of inguinal hernia in case of very large vaginal rings may simply be prevented by closure of the vaginal tunic by TA staples during castration by inguinal approach. This method provides a good resistance to internal pressure, appears to be safe, fast and easy to perform and may therefore be an interesting alternative to laparoscopic techniques when castration is considered. [less ▲]

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See detailSensitivity and specificity of blood leukocyte counts as an indicator of mortality in horses after colic surgery
Salciccia, Alexandra ULg; Sandersen, Charlotte ULg; Grulke, Sigrid ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2013), 173(11),

The objectives of this study were to describe and relate perioperative changes in blood leukocyte counts to the outcome of surgical colic horses, determine a cut-off value in the early postoperative ... [more ▼]

The objectives of this study were to describe and relate perioperative changes in blood leukocyte counts to the outcome of surgical colic horses, determine a cut-off value in the early postoperative period to obtain an indicator of the outcome, and compare the obtained value to a validation population of horses. Fifty-three horses undergoing colic surgery were included in the descriptive part of the study. Total leukocyte counts were performed before, during and serially after surgery. A receiver operating characteristic analysis was performed on the leukocyte counts of 45 of these horses to determine a cut-off value for the outcome. The results obtained were validated on a second set of 50 horses that underwent colic surgery in similar conditions. The kinetics of blood leukocytes in survivors was higher than in non-survivors during the first days. Non-survivor horses were more likely to have at least one blood leukocyte count ≤3.9×103/mm3 between 28 and 60 hours after surgery than survivor horses. This cut-off value was confirmed in the validation population. These results suggest that routine values of blood leukocyte counts can be used as an additional prognostic indicator after colic surgery alongside other predictors previously associated with the outcome. [less ▲]

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See detailSurgical treatment of open joint injuries: a retrospective study of 22 horses.
Salciccia, Alexandra ULg; de la Rebière de Pouyade, Geoffroy ULg; Evrard, Laurence ULg et al

Conference (2012, October 19)

Aims: To evaluate the prognosis of horses treated surgically for open joint injuries. Methods: The medical records of horses admitted for surgical treatment of a wound in communication with a joint were ... [more ▼]

Aims: To evaluate the prognosis of horses treated surgically for open joint injuries. Methods: The medical records of horses admitted for surgical treatment of a wound in communication with a joint were reviewed. A telephone questionnaire was used for the long term evaluation. Fisher’s exact tests were used for the statistical analyses. Results: Twenty two horses were included in the study with the following distribution of lesions: 6 carpi, 6 fetlocks, 4 tibiotarsal joints, 2 proximal and 3 distal interphalangeal joints, 1 elbow. The duration of the injury before referral ranged from 3 hours to 10 days. Surgical treatment consisted of 1-3 joint lavages. Of the 22 horses, 4 were euthanatized during hospitalization and 18 were discharged. After discharge, 3 horses died due to colic, 2 were lost and 13 were still alive. The survival was not influenced by the duration of the wound. All horses with cutaneous defects less than 5 cm and all horses affected in the lower limb (below the level of the canon) were discharged. Having an affected joint proximal to the canon was significantly associated to the need of multiple surgeries (OR: 17.5; p= 0.024). Conclusions: Even if the prognosis remains guarded for open joint injuries, a long delay between injury and treatment should not be systematically associated with a bad prognosis for survival. Open joint injuries of the lower limb were associated with survival. They required less often multiple articular lavages than open joint injuries of the upper limb, warranting thus a better prognosis. [less ▲]

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See detailLes kératomes: lésions et traitements chez 19 chevaux
Salciccia, Alexandra ULg; de la Rebière de Pouyade, Geoffroy ULg; Bolen, Géraldine ULg et al

Conference (2012, October 12)

Introduction: Les kératomes, masses hyperplasiques de kératine, croissent entre la phalange distale (P3) et la paroi du sabot et provoquent des boiteries chez le cheval. La littérature comporte de ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Les kératomes, masses hyperplasiques de kératine, croissent entre la phalange distale (P3) et la paroi du sabot et provoquent des boiteries chez le cheval. La littérature comporte de nombreux rapports de cas isolés mais peu de séries cliniques. Matériel et méthodes: Les dossiers cliniques des cas de kératomes présentés depuis 2004 à la faculté de médecine vétérinaire de Liège ont été revus. Résultats: Vingt-trois kératomes ont été diagnostiqués sur 19 chevaux boiteux. Un cheval présentait 2 kératomes sur le même pied et 3 chevaux présentaient 2 kératomes sur des pieds différents. Sur les 22 pieds atteints, les lésions observées étaient: un abcès, souvent récidivant (18 cas), une déformation de la muraille (6 cas), une déviation de la ligne blanche (6 cas) et une seime (3 cas). Un kératome était situé sous la sole et 22 sous la muraille. La durée des symptômes variait de 2 semaines à 15 ans (plus d'un an sur 12 pieds). Sur les radiographies, une lyse par compression de P3 était visible en regard de 20 kératomes. Le cheval présentant 2 kératomes sur le même pied a été euthanasié. Trois kératomes ont été traités de manière conservative. Dix-huit kératomes (chez 16 chevaux) ont été excisés chirurgicalement dont 16 par avulsion complète de muraille, 1 par avulsion partielle de muraille et 1 par curetage d'une portion de sole. Aucune complication postopératoire n'a été observée dans 7/18 cas (39%). Les complications rencontrées étaient: une granulation excessive (10 cas), une douleur importante pendant plusieurs jours (5 cas), une légère infection (4 cas), un enfoncement de P3 en regard de la zone avulsée (2 cas) et une récidive (2 cas, dont 1 a été réopéré avec succès ultérieurement). Un cheval est encore en convalescence au moment de cette étude. Le suivi à long terme d’un cheval a été perdu. Des 14 chevaux repris dans l'évaluation postopératoire, 1 a été euthanasié pour une autre raison que le kératome, 3 chevaux ont gardé une boiterie résiduelle au trot et 10 chevaux ont récupéré leur niveau d'activité. Discussion: La littérature décrit les kératomes comme rares1. Or, 21% des chevaux de cette étude (4 chevaux sur 19) présentaient plusieurs kératomes. De plus, dans 54 % des cas, les symptômes duraient depuis plus d’un an. Dès lors, il apparait que les kératomes sont sous diagnostiqués ou le sont souvent tardivement. La chronicité et l’étendue des kératomes de cette étude n’a que très rarement permis leur résection par avulsion partielle de muraille, technique de choix dont les complications postopératoires sont moindres². Un diagnostic précoce par inspection minutieuse des sabots, particulièrement en cas d’abcès de pied récidivant permettrait une excision par une technique moins invasive, qui diminuerait la convalescence et les complications postopératoires. Bibliographie: 1. Sundberg, J.P. et al. Neoplasms of Equidae. Journal of American veterinary medical association, 1977, 170: 150-152. 2. Boys Smith SJ. et al. Complete and partial hoof wall resection for keratoma removal: postoperative complications and final outcome in 26 horses (1994-2004). Equine Veterinary Journal, 2006, 38 (2): 127-133. [less ▲]

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See detailIntérêt d’un système de traitement des plaies par pression négative chez le cheval : Etat des lieux et cas cliniques
de la Rebière de Pouyade, Geoffroy ULg; Salciccia, Alexandra ULg; Gougnard, Alexandra ULg et al

Conference (2012, October 12)

Les plaies traumatiques ou chirurgicales nécessitent souvent une cicatrisation par seconde intention lorsque la fermeture primaire n’est pas possible ou échoue. La fermeture assistée par le vide (Vacuum ... [more ▼]

Les plaies traumatiques ou chirurgicales nécessitent souvent une cicatrisation par seconde intention lorsque la fermeture primaire n’est pas possible ou échoue. La fermeture assistée par le vide (Vacuum Assisted Closure : VAC) est une méthode active et non invasive qui expose le lit de la plaie à une pression sub-atmosphérique locale afin de promouvoir sa cicatrisation. Elle stimule la granulation et la perfusion sanguine locale et réduit significativement l’œdème et la charge bactérienne.1 Cette technique s’est révélée efficace dans le traitement des plaies aiguës et chroniques chez l’homme. Chez le cheval, la méthode est encore peu décrite.2,3 Nous rapportons ici l’application et les effets de la thérapie des plaies par pression négative à travers les cas traités à la clinique vétérinaire universitaire de Liège depuis 2010. Les plaies étaient chirurgicalement débridées avant l’application du système VAC. Une mousse en polyuréthane était appliquée après avoir été adaptée à la géométrie de la plaie. Un champ plastique adhésif était alors apposé sur la plaie pour créer un environnement hermétique et un orifice d’1 cm2 était créé au centre du système pour appliquer la ventouse du tuyau d’aspiration. Cette ligne était alors raccordée à l’appareil d’aspiration contrôlée pour maintenir une pression continue de -125 mmHg dans la plaie. Quinze cas ont été recensés: 3 plaies intra-articulaires (au carpe, au coude et au grasset), 3 sur la face dorsale du canon postérieur, 2 sur la face dorsale du jarret, 1 sur la pointe du calcanéum, 2 sur l’encolure et 4 plaies de laparotomie infectées. Le traitement a accéléré la croissance du tissu de granulation, stimulé la contraction des plaies et favorisé la cicatrisation dans la majorité des cas (12/15). Les plaies apparaissaient aussi plus saines et présentaient moins de sécrétions lors des changements de bandages. Des résultats plus modérés ont été notés chez les 3 autres cas. Quelques complications mineures comme des irritations cutanées ont été observées. Le traitement de plaies contaminées nous a orientés vers l’usage d’une mousse de polyuréthane argenté mais d’autres types de matrice sont disponibles et permettent de modifier le comportement de la plaie. L’usage d’une mousse de polyvinyl Alcool s’est ainsi avéré efficace pour améliorer l’adhésion des greffons lors d’une greffe de peau chez le cheval.3 La principale limite du traitement réside dans la difficulté technique de maintenir la plaie sous vide lors d’atteinte de régions très mobiles comme les articulations. En conclusion, le système VAC semble très prometteur pour optimiser la qualité de la cicatrisation et réduire la durée de l’hospitalisation. 1 - Morykwas, M.J., Argenta, L.C., et al. Vacuum-assisted closure: a new method for wound control and treatment: animal studies and basic foundation. Ann. Plast. Surg. 1997, 38, 553-562 2 - Gemeinhardt K.D., Molnar J.A. Vacuum-assisted closure for management of a traumatic neck wound in a horse. Equine Vet. Educ. 2005, 17, 27-33 3 - Jordana M., Pint E., et al. The use of vacuum-assisted wound closure to enhance skin graft acceptance in a horse. Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift 2011, 80, 343-350 [less ▲]

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See detailTwo-dimensional and M-mode echocardiographic reference values in healthy adult Saanen goats
Leroux, Aurélia ULg; Moonen, Marie ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2012), 170(6), 154

Echocardiography has become a routine non invasive cardiac diagnostic tool in most species. Accurate measurement of cardiac dimensions requires reference values, which are poorly documented in goats. The ... [more ▼]

Echocardiography has become a routine non invasive cardiac diagnostic tool in most species. Accurate measurement of cardiac dimensions requires reference values, which are poorly documented in goats. The aim of this study was to test the inter-day repeatability and to establish the reference values of two-dimensional (2D-) and time-motion (M-) mode echocardiographic variables in healthy adult Saanen goats. Six goats were investigated three times by the same observer at one day interval using a standardized 2D- and M-mode echocardiographic protocol. The intra-observer inter-day repeatability was tested using analysis of variance, calculation of the coefficient of variation and confidence intervals. A single echocardiographic examination was performed in 6 other goats, and values obtained in the 12 goats were used to establish the 2D- and M-mode echocardiographic reference values in healthy adult female Saanen goats. Statistical analysis revealed a good inter-day repeatability of the echocardiographic cardiac measurements. Echocardiographic reference values obtained in healthy adult Saanen goats seemed slightly higher than those reported in healthy Swedish domestic goats and were similar to those reported in healthy adult sheep. [less ▲]

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See detailDystocies équines: Données descriptives et approche de la gestion des soins intensifs
Deleuze, Stefan ULg; de la Rebière de Pouyade, Geoffroy ULg; Sandersen, Charlotte ULg et al

Conference (2011, December 02)

La fréquence de fourbures rencontrées après une dystocie semble faible par rapport à la littérature. L’ajout d’héparines fractionnées aux traitements habituels de la métrite du post-partum (ocytocine ... [more ▼]

La fréquence de fourbures rencontrées après une dystocie semble faible par rapport à la littérature. L’ajout d’héparines fractionnées aux traitements habituels de la métrite du post-partum (ocytocine, lavage utérins, antibiotiques et anti-inflammatoires) semble intéressant pour réduire le risque de fourbure. [less ▲]

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See detailTime trends of blood leucocytes, neutrophils and plasmatic myeloperoxidase in the perioperative period of horses undergoing colic surgery.
Salciccia, Alexandra ULg; Grulke, Sigrid ULg; Detilleux, Johann ULg et al

Poster (2011, July)

Background: Despite the recent advances in this area, colic remains a major cause of morbidity and death in horses. Neutrophilic activation and degranulation may play a key role in the postoperative ... [more ▼]

Background: Despite the recent advances in this area, colic remains a major cause of morbidity and death in horses. Neutrophilic activation and degranulation may play a key role in the postoperative complications. Activated neutrophils release enzymes like proteases and myeloperoxidase (MPO). MPO concentrations in plasma and tissue are considered as a marker of neutrophil activation. (McConnico et al. 1999; Hoy et al. 2002). When freed in the tissue, active MPO is able to oxidize, nitrate and chlorate most organic molecules (Klebanoff 2005). Objectives: The aim of this study was 1) to determine the time trends of blood leukocyte and neutrophil counts as well as of plasmatic MPO concentrations in the perioperative period of horses undergoing colic surgery and 2) to relate these time trends to the location of the pathology, the severity of postoperative complications and to the outcome of the patients. Methods: Fifty two horses undergoing colic surgery at the Equine Teaching Hospital of the University of Liege were included in this study. The location of the predominant lesion of the intestine, the severity of the postoperative complications and the outcome were recorded for each horse. Total leukocyte and neutrophil counts were performed in all of the horses while plasmatic myeloperoxidase levels were determined in 16 of them. The blood samplings were realized before and during the surgery (after correction of the intestinal lesion), during the recovery and every 4 hours during the first 4 days (from day 0 until day 4) and then every 12 hours until day 6 (150th hour after the first blood sampling) or until euthanasia. Hematologic analyses were performed at the time of sampling by use of the Medonic CA 530 (Menarini, Zaventem, Belgium). The blood was then centrifuged and the plasma was aliquoted and frozen at -20° C until assayed. MPO was assayed with a specific enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (Equine MPO-ELISA kit, BiopTis, Liège, Belgium). A mixed model was used to analyze the time trends of leukocytes, neutrophils and MPO. All computations were done with the SAS (Statistical Analysis System) procedure Proc Mixed, with Satterthwaite degrees of freedom. The significance level was set at p=0.05. Results: The main pathology was found in the large intestine in 30 horses (58%) and the small intestine in 22 horses (42%). Forty horses (77%) survived to discharge from the clinic. Twelve horses were euthanized during the postoperative period. Their survival time varied from 0.5 day to 20 days with a mean of 7.8 days. Twenty-two horses (42%) showed none or mild complications, 12 horses (23%) showed moderate complications and 18 horses (35%) suffered from severe complications. Time trends for leukocytes and neutrophils were similar to each other (p= 0.7205) and significantly different (p< 0.0001) from the MPO time trend, which increased during the first hours, while the neutrophil time trend decreased immediately after the admission. The time trend of neutrophils was higher in large intestinal than in small intestinal pathologies and the time trend of MPO was lower in large intestinal than in small intestinal pathologies. The time trends of neutrophils were significantly different between the degrees of complications (no/mild vs moderate vs severe). For the first part of the curve, the more severe the complication, the lower is the time trend. The time trend of MPO was lower in survivors. The time trend of neutrophils in survivors was higher during the first 4 days thereafter it becomes lower than in non survivors. Conclusions: These results confirm that neutrophil counts and MPO levels undergo timely changes and that they are related to the severity of the inflammatory reaction in surgical colic cases. Knowing the kinetics of these parameters is an essential step to further determine cut-off values (with a larger group of horses) for the prognosis of horses after colic surgery. References Hoy, A., Leininger-Muller, B., Kutter, D., Siest, G. and Visvikis, S. (2002) Growing significance of myeloperoxidase in non-infectious diseases. Clin. Chem. Lab. Med. 40, 2-8. Klebanoff, S.J. (2005) Myeloperoxidase: friend and foe. J. Leukoc. Biol. 77, 598-625. McConnico, R.S., Weinstock, D., Poston, M.E. and Roberts, M.C. (1999) Myeloperoxidase activity of the large intestine in an equine model of acute colitis. Am. J. Vet. Res. 60, 807-813. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of the effect of general anaesthesia on ultrasonographic images of the small intestine in horses.
Salciccia, Alexandra ULg; Gougnard, Alexandra ULg; de la Rebière de Pouyade, Geoffroy ULg et al

Poster (2011, July)

ultrasonography is currently more and more used in equine acute abdominal disease as well as in the follow-up of surgical colic patients because of its sensibility for the detection of small intestinal ... [more ▼]

ultrasonography is currently more and more used in equine acute abdominal disease as well as in the follow-up of surgical colic patients because of its sensibility for the detection of small intestinal distension. General anaesthesia is known to diminish gastrointestinal motility even if there are no clinical signs associated with it. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of general anaesthesia on transabdominal ultrasonographic images of the small intestine in horses undergoing routine non abdominal surgeries. The ultrasonographic exams were performed in 19 horses before and after the general anaesthesia (immediately after the recovery and then 2h, 12h and 24h after it). Each ultrasonographic exam focused on the duodenum, the jejunum and the presence of peritoneal fluid. For the jejunum, 5 locations were used: on the ventral midline just caudally to the sternum, on the left and right cranial ventral parts of the abdomen, on the left and right inguinal regions. Other parameters such as the gut sounds and the postoperative fecal output were also recorded. Anova and Chi-square tests were used for the statistical analysis. No horse showed colic signs. No significant difference was found between the pre and post anaesthetic period considering the maximal diameter of the duodenum, the maximal diameter of the jejunum on the 5 locations and the peritoneal fluid. The contractions of the duodenum were increased at the recovery compared to before the anaesthesia (p= 0,0299). The small intestine was most visible at the recovery (57,5%) and then at 2 hours after it (38,3%). It seemed that the ventral midline just caudally to the sternum and the right and left inguinal regions were the best locations to observe the jejunum (with a mean of respectively 44,6%, 39,8% and 38,5% of visualization of the jejunum).The gut sounds were very significantly decreased at the recovery (p < 0,0001) and at 2h after it (p = 0,0006). The postoperative fecal output was not decreased. In conclusion, even if general anaesthesia seems to reduce temporarily the intestinal activity (decreased gut sounds in the early post anaesthetic period), it does not cause significant distension of the small intestine (almost the small intestinal diameters were in the normal range). If an increased diameter of small intestine is observed by ultrasonography after surgery it should therefore be attributed to a pathological process and not to the anaesthesia. [less ▲]

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See detailTwo-Dimensional, M-Mode and Pulsed Wave Doppler Echocardiographic Reference Values in Healthy Adult Saanen Goats
Leroux, Aurélia ULg; Moonen, Marie ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

Poster (2011, March 18)

Echocardiography has become a routine non invasive cardiac diagnostic tool in most species. Accurate measurement of cardiac dimensions requires reference values, which are poorly documented in goats ... [more ▼]

Echocardiography has become a routine non invasive cardiac diagnostic tool in most species. Accurate measurement of cardiac dimensions requires reference values, which are poorly documented in goats. Goats are animals easy to handle with a body and heart size comparable to humans’. This makes goats an attractive candidate for the development of animal models for human cardiology research. The aim of this study was to test the repeatability and to establish the reference values of bi-dimensional (2D-), time-motion (M-) mode and pulsed wave (PW) Doppler echocardiographic variables in adult goats. Six healthy female adult Saanen goats were investigated three times by the same observer at one day interval using a standardized 2D-, M-mode and PW Doppler echocardiographic protocol. Calculation of the coefficient of variation for each variable measured within day and depending on the day allowed to evaluate their degree of variability. A single echocardiographic examination was performed in 6 other goats by the same observer, and the obtained values were added to these obtained on the third day of the 6 first goats. Then the observed mean, the standard deviation and the range of these measurements were calculated to establish the reference values of echocardiographic parameters in unsedated adult healthy female Saanen goats. Statistical analysis revealed a good inter-day repeatability of the 2D- and M-mode echocardiographic cardiac measurements, but PW Doppler parameters presented moderate to high variability, as documented in other species. Echocardiographic reference values obtained in healthy adult Saanen goats were similar to those reported in healthy adult sheep and in healthy adult humans. [less ▲]

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See detailUltrasonographic findings in horses with foot pain but without radiographically detectable osseous abnormalities
Rabba, Silvia ULg; Bolen, Géraldine ULg; Verwilghen, Denis ULg et al

in Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound (2011), 52(1), 95-102

Foot pain is an important cause of lameness in horses. When horses with foot pain have no detectable radiographic abnormalities, soft-tissue assessment remains a diagnostic challenge without magnetic ... [more ▼]

Foot pain is an important cause of lameness in horses. When horses with foot pain have no detectable radiographic abnormalities, soft-tissue assessment remains a diagnostic challenge without magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Ultrasonography can provide an alternative to MR imaging when that modality is not available but the extent of changes that might be seen has not been characterized. We reviewed the ultrasonographic findings in 39 horses with lameness responding positively to anesthesia of the palmar digital nerves and without radiographically detectable osseous abnormalities. Thirty of the 39 horses had lesions affecting the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT), 27 had abnormalities in the distal interphalangeal joint of which six had a visible abnormality in the collateral ligament. Ultrasonographic abnormalities were seen in the podotrochlear bursa in 22 horses and in the ligaments of the navicular bone in two horses. Abnormalities of the navicular bone flexor surface were detected in eight horses. In three of the 39 horses, only the DDFT was affected. The other 36 horses had ultrasonographic abnormalities in more than one anatomical structure. Based on our results, ultrasonographic examination provides useful diagnostic information in horses without radiographic changes. [less ▲]

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See detailProduction of free radicals and oxygen consumption by primary equine endothelial cells during anoxia-reoxygenation.
de la Rebière de Pouyade, Geoffroy ULg; Salciccia, Alexandra ULg; Ceusters, Justine ULg et al

in Open Biochemistry Journal (The) (2011), 5

The endothelium plays an active role in ischemia/reperfusion injuries. Herein, we report the effect of a single or successive cycles of anoxia/reoxygenation (A/R) on the mitochondrial respiratory function ... [more ▼]

The endothelium plays an active role in ischemia/reperfusion injuries. Herein, we report the effect of a single or successive cycles of anoxia/reoxygenation (A/R) on the mitochondrial respiratory function of equine endothelial cells (cultured from carotids) monitored by high resolution oxymetry, and on their production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS were measured by electron paramagnetic resonance (ESR) using POBN and DMPO spin traps, and by gas chromatography (GC) of ethylene released by ROS-induced alpha-keto-gamma-(methylthio)butyric acid (KMB) oxidation. The oxygen consumption significantly decreased with the number of A/R cycles, and POBN-ESR spectra were specific of adducts formed in the cells from superoxide anion. After a one-hour A/R cycle, high intensity DMPO-ESR spectra were observed and assigned to superoxide anion trapping; the GC results confirmed an important production of ROS compared to normoxic cells. These results show that A/R induces mitochondrial alterations in endothelial cells, and strongly stimulates their oxidative activity as demonstrated by ESR and GC methods. [less ▲]

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See detailUltrasonographic findings in horses with foot pain but without radiographically detectable osseous abnormalities
Verwilghen, Denis ULg; Rabba, Silvia ULg; Bolen, Géraldine ULg et al

Conference (2010, December 06)

US diagnosis of soft tissue damage in the foot was possible in cases where radiographic diagnosis was unsuccessful. US offers an easily available diagnostic tool for an evaluation of the digital soft ... [more ▼]

US diagnosis of soft tissue damage in the foot was possible in cases where radiographic diagnosis was unsuccessful. US offers an easily available diagnostic tool for an evaluation of the digital soft tissues and may decrease the need for MRI when this modality is difficult to apply. [less ▲]

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See detailRetrospective evaluation of 9 horses with surgical treatment of keratoma
Salciccia, Alexandra ULg; Bouhmala, Nabil; Serteyn, Didier ULg et al

Poster (2010, July 02)

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See detailMeckel's diverticulum as a cause of colic: 2 cases with different morphological features
Verwilghen, Denis ULg; Van Galen, Gaby ULg; Busoni, Valeria ULg et al

in Tijdschrift voor Diergeneeskunde (2010), 135(11), 452-455

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See detailDevelopment of an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for equine neutrophil elastase measurement in blood: Preliminary application to colic cases.
de la Rebière de Pouyade, Geoffroy ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg; Salciccia, Alexandra ULg et al

in Veterinary immunology and immunopathology (2010)

Equine neutrophil elastase (NE) is a protease released in inflammatory diseases and participating in tissue destruction. To measure NE in horse plasma to assess its role in pathological conditions, we ... [more ▼]

Equine neutrophil elastase (NE) is a protease released in inflammatory diseases and participating in tissue destruction. To measure NE in horse plasma to assess its role in pathological conditions, we purified elastase from equine neutrophils by a double step chromatography and obtained a pure protein of 27kDa, 4kDa smaller than the NE 2A previously purified (Scudamore et al., 1993; Dagleish et al., 1999), which was likely to be NE 2B. We developed an ELISA by using two specific polyclonal antibodies obtained from rabbit and guinea pig. The sandwich complex was detected using a secondary antibody conjugated to alkaline phosphatase. The ELISA showed good precision and accuracy, with intra- and inter-assay coefficients of variation below 10% for equine NE concentrations ranging from 1.875 to 60ng/ml. A stable plasma NE value, unaffected by the delay of centrifugation (over 4h), was obtained with plasma from EDTA anticoagulated blood. The mean value (+/-SEM) measured in 37 healthy horses was 32.53+/-4.6ng/ml. NE level in plasma of horses with colic at the time of admission was significantly higher than in healthy horses. Our results indicate that the ELISA technique we developed to measure plasmatic NE is a powerful tool for studying the role of elastase in equine inflammatory disease. In future, the application will be extended to other equine biological fluids. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolution of blood myeloperoxidase in the perioperative period of horses undergoing emergency celiotomy.
Salciccia, Alexandra ULg; Grulke, Sigrid ULg; de la Rebière de Pouyade, Geoffroy ULg et al

Poster (2009, July)

Colic can cause an activation of neutrophils with release in the blood flow of myeloperoxidase (MPO), a specific enzyme with strong oxidative activity. The aim of this study was to describe the evolution ... [more ▼]

Colic can cause an activation of neutrophils with release in the blood flow of myeloperoxidase (MPO), a specific enzyme with strong oxidative activity. The aim of this study was to describe the evolution of plasma MPO after colic surgery. Materials included 13 adult horses that underwent an emergency celiotomy for acute intestinal obstruction. Venous blood samples were collected into EDTA anticoagulated tubes before surgery, during surgery after correction of the intestinal lesion and during the recovery of anaesthesia. In the postoperative period samples were taken every 4 hours during the first 4 days (from day 0 until day 4), every 12 hours during the days 4 and 5 and every 24 hours until day 10. MPO was assayed with a specific enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Statistical analysis was performed by one way Anova with student- Newman-Keuls post test on data obtained for each time point. Significance was set at p < 0.05. The horses were operated for an obstruction strangulated or not of the small or the large intestine. In six cases the postoperative period was uneventful, the 7 remaining developed one or 2 severe complications. Eight horses were discharged and 5 died during the hospitalization.The general aspect of the curve of mean plasmatic MPO can be described as follow: An increase was observed from the admission on until a peak of concentration occurring generally during the time of recovery from the anaesthesia with the highest mean value reaching 740.84 +/- 507.61ng/ml. This was followed by a progressive decrease until the lowest value, usually near to day 2 after the recovery from anaesthesia corresponding to 171.79 +/- 76.21 ng/ml of MPO. Afterwards, the mean concentrations increased slowly until postoperative day 10. In the majority of cases a stable and low MPO value (plateau) was observed during approximately 2 days (from day 1 to day 3 postoperatively).The initial peak of MPO after surgery could be associated to the neutrophil activation consequent to the intestinal disorder and the intense stimulation of the coeliotomy. The following significant reduction in concentration could be attributed to MPO infiltration into the tissues with a critical point at approximately 2 days after surgery. This study may contribute to a better understanding of the role of the MPO and neutrophils in the pathophysiology of horses in the postoperative period after colic surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of low-molecular-weight heparin for the prevention of equine laminitis after colic surgery
de la Rebière de Pouyade, Geoffroy ULg; Grulke, Sigrid ULg; Detilleux, Johann ULg et al

in Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (2009), 19(1), 113-119

Objectives – The aim of this study is to describe the prevalence of postoperative laminitis in colic cases and to determine if low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) is effective in preventing this ... [more ▼]

Objectives – The aim of this study is to describe the prevalence of postoperative laminitis in colic cases and to determine if low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) is effective in preventing this complication. Design – Retrospective clinical study. Animals – Client-owned horses. Interventions – SC administration of enoxaparin during the postoperative period. Measurements and Main Results – Medical records of 360 horses undergoing surgery for colic and surviving at least 3 days were evaluated. Fifty-six horses admitted before 1995 did not receive LMWH (control group) and 304 admitted after 1995 received LMWH as a prophylaxis for laminitis (treatment group). Three grades of severity were defined for laminitis. Prevalence and severity of laminitis were compared between the 2 groups. Several parameters recorded on admission (sex, age, breed, site and nature of the disease, heart rate, PCV, gravity score, and shock score) and the administration of LMWH were tested as risk factors in the development of laminitis in a logistic regression procedure. Prevalence and grade of laminitis were significantly lower in the treatment group. Only the absence of LMWH was recognized as a significant risk factor in the logistic regression model. Conclusions – The administration of LMWH appears to be effective in the prophylaxis of laminitis following colic surgery and may be useful in the postoperative management of these horses. [less ▲]

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