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Anesthesia: peri-operative complications - prolonged idiopathic recovery

Synonym(s): Prolonged anesthetic recovery

Contributor(s): Briony Alderson, Regula Bettschart, Mark Senior

Introduction

  • Prolonged anesthetic recovery   Anesthesia: recovery - overview  or delayed awakening following anesthesia is a problem that must be recognized and dealt with quickly and accurately.
  • Delayed recovery will have effects upon many organ systems within the horse.
  • A systematic approach to management and treatment of these cases must be followed. 
  • Recovery time will depend on many factors including drugs used, type and duration of surgery, horses temperament, environment, sedation given, etc. These should be taken into account when deciding if a recovery is prolonged.

Possible causes

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Treatment

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers
  • Broadstone R V (1999) Prolonged anesthetic recovery. Clin Tech Small Anim Pract 14(1), 56-60PubMed.
  • Black S, Enneking F K & Cucchiara R F (1998) Failure to awaken after general anesthesia due to cerebrovascular events. J Neurosurg Anesthesiol10(1), 10-15PubMed.
  • Klein L (1990) Anaesthetic complications in the horse.  Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract6(3).

Other sources of information

  • Dugdale A (2003)Recovery from Anaesthesia - is it all in the Head.In: BEVA Congress Handbook of Presentations and Free Communications pp 121-122.


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