Does Intravenous Ondansetron Affect the Intestinal Motility Pattern in Healthy Donkeys (Equus asinus)?

Journal of Equine Veterinary Science
Alshimaa M M Farag, Hussam M M Ibrahim


The current study was undertaken to investigate the effect of intravenous administration of ondansetron on the small and large intestinal motility in donkeys (Equus asinus) using non-invasive transabdominal ultrasonography. The current prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover study was conducted on thirty healthy donkeys (15 males and 15 females). The selected donkeys underwent two trials; the first was performed by intravenous administration of saline solution as a placebo, while the second was carried out by intravenous administration of ondansetron hydrochloride. The contractility of selected portions of both the small intestine (duodenum and jejunum) and the large intestine (left colon, right colon, and cecum) was counted over a period of 3 minutes before administration (zero time) and at 15, 30, 60, 90, 120, 180, and 240 minutes after administration. The results of this study showed that ondansetron significantly altered the small and large intestinal contractility compared to normal saline. Intravenous administration of ondansetron induced a significant decrease in the duodenal, jejunal and cecal contractility compared to placebo at 30, 60, 90, and 120 minutes after administration. Likewise, ondansetron indu...Continue Reading


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