Journal article

The effects of vasoactive amines found in the equine hindgut on digital blood flow in the normal horse

SR Bailey, NJ Menzies-Gow, CM Marr, J Elliott

EQUINE VETERINARY JOURNAL | EQUINE VETERINARY JOURNAL LTD | Published : 2004

Abstract

REASONS FOR PERFORMING STUDY: Disturbances of digital blood flow are thought to be fundamental to the pathophysiology of acute laminitis. However, factors linking the initiating events in the equine hindgut with these disturbances in the foot remain to be determined. HYPOTHESIS: Amine compounds, formed by bacteria in the equine hindgut, have digital vasoconstrictor effects in vivo. METHODS: Tryptamine (1.6 microg/kg/min) and phenylethylamine (2.13 microg/kg/min) were infused i.v. into standing nonsedated horses. Digital blood flow was measured by Doppler ultrasound and foot surface temperature was monitored. Plasma 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) concentrations were measured by HPLC. RESULTS: Try..

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