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The effects of hypocalcaemia on blood gas and acid-base parameters in ruminants

Authors
Journal
British Veterinary Journal
0007-1935
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
144
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0007-1935(88)90156-x
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Summary Hypocalcaemia (induced by the slow infusion of Na 2EDTA over 2–3 hours) in both cows and sheep has been shown to result in significant (P<0·01) increases in blood haemoglobin concentration, pH, Pco 2, bicarbonate and base excess in both arterial and venous blood. In the case of blood Po 2 significant (P<0·01) decreases were noted in arterial blood along with significant (P<0·01) increases in venous blood. These results suggest that there is an impairment of oxygen uptake by the pulmonary blood flow and an impairment of peripheral tissue uptake of oxygen during hypocalcaemia in cows and sheep.

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