Table 9

Selected parameters depending on alterations of the palpebral reflex in 29 calves that stood insecurely and were not able to correct position if pushed
Parameter Palpebral reflex Palpebral reflex p value
prompt delayed or absent
n = 9 n = 20
Base excess* (mmol/l) after 24 h 6.8 (2.7/8.8) −4.2 (−10.4/-0.6) < 0.001
Base excess (mmol/l) on admission −17.1 (−20.4/-13.0) −22.3 (−24.8/-18.7) 0.007
D-lactate (mmol/l) on admission 2.2 (1.3/3.9) 10.8 (8.9/12.3) < 0.001
Potassium (mmol/l) on admission 7.5 (7.0/8.0) 4.7 (3.9/6.0) < 0.001
Enophthalmos (mm) 6.0 (5.0/10.5) 4.0 (3.3/6.8) 0.039
Body mass (kg) 41.8 (38.3/46.2) 45.5 (39.4/52.4) 0.365

Values are given as medians and 25-/75-quartiles.

*Values for calves with expected treatment failure were calculated using formula 3 and 4.

Trefz et al.

Trefz et al. BMC Veterinary Research 2012 8:238   doi:10.1186/1746-6148-8-238

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