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Asian Journal of Animal Sciences
  Year: 2007 | Volume: 1 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 10-17
DOI: 10.3923/ajas.2007.10.17
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Assessment of Adrenal Function in Goat (Capra hircus)

K. Das, P. Asaithambi, S. Sanyal, P.K. Das, P.R. Ghosh and A. Chakrabarti

To ascertain the physiological functions of the adrenal glands, single stage bilateral adrenalectomy was performed on six female Bengal goats (Capra hircus). Blood and urine samples were collected at regular interval in post-operative periods for estimation of different parameters. A radioimmunoassay detected an invariable drop in plasma total cortisol and also a downward course with erratic nature of the flurometrically assessed urinary total catecholamines represent the adrenal insufficiency among these animals. A steady post-operative weight loss was evident in all of the adrenalectomized goats. Other progressive symptoms like anorexia, asphyxia, muscular asthenia were profound like those which occur in other mammalian species. Increased melanogenesis was established by the urinalysis. Long duration surviving goats with adrenal insufficiency showed a marked discolouration and pigmentation of the skin. The average survival period for the adrenalectomized goats reported in this study was 168 h. The influence of certain factors obtaining in the experimental situation upon survival is discussed in some detail. The goat may survive in some instances and it might be an exception to the concept that adrenalectomy is fatal to the mammals.
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K. Das, P. Asaithambi, S. Sanyal, P.K. Das, P.R. Ghosh and A. Chakrabarti, 2007. Assessment of Adrenal Function in Goat (Capra hircus). Asian Journal of Animal Sciences, 1: 10-17.

DOI: 10.3923/ajas.2007.10.17






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