Date of Award
Master of Science
The effects of adrenalectomy on some blood profiles of the Mongolian gerbil, Meriones unguiculatus, were studied in order to clarify the possible causes of its short survival after adrenal ablation. Measurements of hematocrit, pH, urea and electrolytes were made 18, 24 and 30 hours after surgery. Results show the expected alterations: hemoconcentration, metabolic acidosis, high values of urea and disturbances in electrolytes. While hyponatremia was significant only after 24 hours, important hypochloremia was not present at any time. Hyperkalemia was the most significant alteration observed. It occurred as early as 18 hours after surgery, suggesting that it may be an important contributor to the failure of these rodents to survive after adrenalectomy.
Aellos de Cova, Magally, "Effects of adrenalectomy on hemoconcentration and blood pH, urea and electrolytes in the Mongolian gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus)" (1984). Master's Theses. 488.