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J Acupunct Meridian Stud. 2014 Feb;7(1):15-24. doi: 10.1016/j.jams.2013.05.004. Epub 2013 Jun 19.

Electroacupuncture analgesia in a rabbit ovariohysterectomy.

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Department of Anaesthesiology and Surgical Propedeutics, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Electronic address: valiparmen@yahoo.com.

Abstract

This study investigated the effectiveness of electroacupuncture analgesia (EAA) at local and paravertebral acupoints for a rabbit undergoing an ovariohysterectomy. Twelve clinically healthy New Zealand white rabbits were chosen and divided into two groups: the control group (5 rabbits) and the experimental group (7 rabbits). A neuroleptanalgesic (ketamine + xylazine) was administered to the control group (NLA group); the experimental group received EAA treatment (EAA group). The EAA treatment includes one acupuncture formula for local stimulation at the incision site and systemic stimulation. Results of clinical research have shown postoperative analgesia using EAA treatment to be superior to that using NLA. The average postoperative recovery time was 5.2 times longer in the NLA group than in the EAA group. Because consciousness was maintained, EAA presented an advantage in thermoregulation. Animals administered NLA had prolonged thermal homeostasis because of neurovegetative disconnection. For the EAA group, the operative times were characterized as excellent (28%, p = 0.28) or good (72%, p = 0.72). Local stimulation at the incision site provided excellent analgesia of the abdominal wall (100%). In conclusion, EA can provide general analgesia with a considerable analgesic effect for a rabbit undergoing an ovariohysterectomy, resulting in a short postoperative recovery time.

KEYWORDS:

electroacupuncture; electroacupuncture analgesia; neuroleptanalgesia; ovariohysterectomy; rabbit

PMID:
24513344
DOI:
10.1016/j.jams.2013.05.004
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