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Supportive therapy of generalised endotoxaemia in cattle using hypertonic saline
  1. Neil Sargison

    Neil Sargison graduated from Cambridge in 1984 and worked in practice for eight years before joining the Large Animal Practice Teaching Unit at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, tdinburgh He holds the diploma in sheep health and production. On January 1, 1996, he moved to Massey University, New Zealand.

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  2. Phil Scott

    Phil Scott is director of the Large Animal Practice Teaching Unit at the ‘Dick’. He holds the certificate and diploma in sheep health and production, the certificate in cattle health and pruductiuoi, an FRCVS for a thesis on the clinical diagnosis of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, and a DVM&S.

Abstract

ENDOTOXAEMIA in adult cattle commonly results from peracute Gram-negative bacterial infections including [i]Escherichia coli[/i] mastitis, severe endometritis, septic peritonitis and acute abdominal catastrophes where disruption of the intestinal mucosal barrier may allow absorption of endotoxin. This practice tip describes the technique of hypertonic saline infusion, which has proved to be a useful adjunct in the treatment of generalised endotoxaemia.

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