Gabapentin for the treatment of neuropathic pain in a pregnant horse

Jennifer L Davis, Lysa P Posner, Yvonne Elce

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CASE DESCRIPTION: A 24-year-old 732-kg (1,610-lb) pregnant Belgian draft horse mare developed neuropathy and signs of intractable pain following colic surgery.

CLINICAL FINDINGS: Following recovery from colic surgery to treat compression of the small and large intestines because of a large fetus, the mare was noticed to have signs of femoral neuropathy involving the left hind limb. Within 36 hours after recovery, the mare developed signs of severe pain that were unresponsive to conventional treatment. No gastrointestinal tract or muscular abnormalities were found, and the discomfort was attributed to neuropathic pain.

TREATMENT AND OUTCOME: The mare was treated with gabapentin (2.5 mg/kg [1.1 mg/lb], PO, q 12 h). Shortly after this treatment was initiated, the mare appeared comfortable and no longer had signs of pain. Treatment was continued for 6 days, during which the dosage was progressively decreased, and the mare was discharged. The mare subsequently delivered a healthy foal.

CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Gabapentin appeared to be a safe, effective, and economical treatment for neuropathic pain in this horse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)755-8
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2007

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Amines
  • Analgesics
  • Animals
  • Colic
  • Cyclohexanecarboxylic Acids
  • Female
  • Horses
  • Neuralgia
  • Pain Measurement
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Pregnancy
  • Safety
  • Treatment Outcome
  • gamma-Aminobutyric Acid


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