Aage Kristian Olsen Alstrup

Anaesthesia and analgesia in Göttingen minipigs - examples of protocols used for neurosurgery and scanning procedures

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Neurosurgery in Göttingen minipigs is often a welfare challenge, and therefore, the main goal of my talk will be to discuss how to improve animal welfare during brain surgery and the days following surgery. A combination of inhalation/infusion anaesthesia with opioids such as injections with buprenorphine or infusion of fentanyl and local anaesthesia (such as bupivacaine and lidocaine mixture) provides sufficient anaesthesia and analgesia during surgery. It is crucial that the Göttingen minipigs are treated sufficiently prior to starting surgery. But also the post-surgery period is of importance, especially ensuring sufficient analgesia and water/food intake during the first hours and days. Compared to neurosurgery, scanning procedures are normally unproblematic from a welfare point of view. However, anaesthesia may influence the results of brain scans, particularly functional scans, such as positron emission tomography. I would therefore also like to discuss the correct choice of anaesthesia protocols for the short and long time scanning of minipigs.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year17 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2017
EventMinipig Research Forum 2017 - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 17 May 201719 May 2017


SeminarMinipig Research Forum 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom

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