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A radiographic method for measuring the effect of exogenous hormone therapy on uterine involution in ewes
  1. W Tian and
  2. DE Noakes
  1. Department of Surgery and Obstetrics, Royal Veterinary College, North Mymms, Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

Abstract

Twenty-six pluriparous Suffolk ewes were used to monitor the effects of four hormone treatments on the rate of uterine involution, which was assessed by means of radio-opaque markers and radiography. The close correlation between measurements of the genital tract in live sheep and after slaughter indicated that this method of monitoring uterine involution was acceptably accurate. Uterine involution was complete by about 29 days after lambing. None of the hormone treatments with progesterone, oestradiol-17 beta, prostaglandin F2 alpha or an oxytocin analogue, administered shortly after lambing, had any effects on the rate of uterine involution. There was no correlation between the duration of increased plasma concentrations of 13.14 dihydro-15-keto-prostaglandin F2 (PGFM) and the rate of uterine involution.

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