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Microcirculation assessment of dexmedetomidine constant rate infusion during anesthesia of dogs with sepsis from pyometra: a randomized clinical study

      Abstract

      Objective

      To compare dexmedetomidine and fentanyl constant rate infusions in anesthetic protocols for septic dogs with pyometra, using microcirculatory, hemodynamic and metabolic variables.

      Study design

      Randomized clinical study.

      Animals

      A total of 33 dogs with pyometra with two or more systemic inflammatory response syndrome variables undergoing ovariohysterectomy.

      Methods

      Dogs were randomized into two groups: group DG, dexmedetomidine (3 μg kg–1 hour–1; 17 dogs) and group FG, fentanyl (5 μg kg–1 hour–1; 16 dogs) infused during isoflurane anesthesia and mechanical ventilation. Microcirculation flow index (MFI), total vessel density and De Backer score were assessed using orthogonal polarization spectral imaging at the sublingual site. Heart rate, invasive blood pressure, temperature, arterial blood gas analysis and lactate concentration were obtained at various time points. Variables were recorded at baseline (BL), immediately before (T0), 30 (T30) and 60 (T60) minutes after infusion, and 60 minutes after surgery. Data were analyzed using the Shapiro-Wilk test. To compare variables between groups, the unpaired Student t test was used. Comparison between evaluation time points was performed with two-way anova for repeated measures. Where statistical significance was detected, the Bonferroni post hoc test was used.

      Results

      MFI was significantly higher in group FG at T30. Mean arterial pressure at T30 was higher in group DG (89 ± 15 mmHg) than in group FG (72 ± 13 mmHg). Lactate concentrations were not significantly different between groups at each time point. Both groups had similar clinical outcomes (mortality, extubation time and occurrence of hypotension and bradyarrhythmias).

      Conclusions and clinical relevance

      Dexmedetomidine (3 μg kg–1 hour–1) without a loading dose can be included in the maintenance of anesthesia in dogs with pyometra and sepsis without compromising microcirculation and hemodynamic values when compared with fentanyl (5 μg kg–1 hour–1).

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