Apr 1, 1976

Clinical evaluation of blood lactate levels in equine colic

Equine Veterinary Journal
J N MooreJ H Lumsden

Abstract

Blood lactate levels were evaluated in 36 horses (43 cases) presented with colic. A correlation between increasing blood lactate levels and decreasing percentage survival has been shown. An appreciable anion gap was found in 7 of 10 cases analyzed in detail but in each case the entire gap could not be accounted for by lactate alone. Proposals are offered to account for the unmeasured anions. Blood lactate determination is suggested as a prognostic rather than a diagnostic aid for the equine practitioner and should be used to augment other clinical findings in the horse exhibiting colic.

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Horse Diseases
Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
Lactates
Infantile Colic

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