Postanesthetic Pulmonary Edema In an Arab Stallion

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  • Thomas K. Day DVM, MS,

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    1. Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine The Ohio State University 601 Vernon L. Tharp St. Columbus, Ohio 43210–1089
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  • Susan Holcombe VMD,

    1. Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine The Ohio State University 601 Vernon L. Tharp St. Columbus, Ohio 43210–1089
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  • William W. Muir II, DVM, PhD

    1. Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine The Ohio State University 601 Vernon L. Tharp St. Columbus, Ohio 43210–1089
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Summary

A six-year-old arabian stallion was admitted to The Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital for evaluation and repair of a comminuted fracture of the second phalanx. The horse developed impaired arterial oxygenation during surgey and pulmonary edema post-operatively. We postulate that impaired arterial oxygenation resulted from atelectasis of the dependent lung during annesthesia, and the pulmonary edema occurred following re-expansion of the atelectatic of the initiating cause of the edema, removal of excess lung water from the alveoli, and restoration of normal arterial oxygenation. The horse was fully recovered within 12 hours of initiation of clinical signs of respiratory compromise. The horse was fully recovered within 12 hours of initiation of clinical signs of respiratory compromise. This report describes re-expansion pulmonary edema due to reperfusion injury in a horse, treatment of the condition, and a possible explanation of the pathogenesis of this pulmonary pathology.

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