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Author

Randy Kienzle

Date of Award

4-24-1986

Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Biology

Abstract

It is now suspected that the rapid death of adrenalectomized Meriones unguiculatus, Mongolian gerbil, is due to hyperkalemia, which is capable of causing lethal cardiac aberrations.. To this end, heart function was monitored by means of ECG in adrenalectomized, injected and control gerbils in order to compare the ECGs with those of documented experiments with other adrenalectomized animals. The results showed a marked decrease in heart rate and altered ECG waves, especially a decreased T wave. Death following surgery was between 48 and 108 hours.

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