Prognostic Significance of Oxidative Stress Markers in Colitis Associated with Phenylbutazone Administration in Draft Horses

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The present study was carried out to assess the prognostic significance of oxidative stress markers in draft horses with colitis associated with phenylbutazone administration under field condition. For this purpose, a total of 40 native breed draft horses were studied. Based on case history, physical examination, and postmortem findings, diagnosis was made. According to the clinical outcome, horses were categorized into survivors and nonsurvivors. Clinically, there was significant association between nonsurvivors and anorexia (P < .01), stasis of intestinal motility (P < .01), melena (P < .01), and diarrhea (P < .001). Biochemically, malondialdehyde and nitric oxide showed a significant increase (P < .05) in nonsurvivors compared with survivors, whereas activities of superoxide dismutase showed a significant decrease (P < .05). Analysis of receiver operating characteristic curve indicated a high sensitivity and specificity of malondialdehyde, nitric oxide, and superoxide dismutase levels (P < .001) to predict the clinical outcome of colitis. Additionally, total protein and albumin showed a significant decrease in nonsurvivors compared with survivors; however, aspartate aminotransferase, sorbitol dehydrogenase, urea, and creatinine showed an increase (P < .05). The present results suggest that estimation of oxidative stress markers and antioxidant parameters may be useful predictors of the clinical outcomes of colitis associated with phenylbutazone administration in draft horses.

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