Published On: Thu, Jan 7th, 2016

Blood Lactate Concentration is a Good Prognosis Indicator in Critically Ill Foals

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Measuring blood lactate concentration [LAC] at initial evaluation and sequentially over time may be particularly useful to veterinarians managing critically ill neonatal foals. Admission [LAC], sequentially measured [LAC], and [LAC] over time appear to be potential good prognostic indicators of survival versus nonsurvival in the critically ill foals.

Wotman et al., in their article written under the title “Association of Blood Lactate Concentration and Outcome in Foals”, explain that the rate of decreasing [LAC] has been shown to be associated with improved outcome in humans with severe sepsis and septic shock, suggesting that serial lactate measurements could be a more reliable predictor of survival than a single measurement in foals.

Studies in foals and adult horses have indicated that admission [LAC] and [LAC] 18–36 hours after admission are useful indicators for both prognosis and treatment efficacy.

Measuring [LAC] stall-side or at the farm has become more common because of the increased availability of small portable lactate analyzers.

The authors concluded that measuring [LAC] at initial evaluation and sequentially over time may be particularly useful to veterinarians managing critically ill neonatal foals.

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