Laparoscopic approach of the mare as an aid in reproductive assisted technology

  • Sergio da Silva Fialho Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, RS
  • Giuliano Moraes Figueiró Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, RS
  • Ricardo Coelho Lehmkühl Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, RS
  • Marta Pasin Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, RS
  • Mara Iolanda Batistella Rubin Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Laboratório de Embriologia e Reprodução Animal, Santa Maria, RS
  • Carlos Antonio Mondino Silva Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Laboratório de Embriologia e Reprodução Animal, Santa Maria, RS
Keywords: Laparoscopy, Mares, Reproduction

Abstract

Laparoscopy is a poorly explored tool for equine assisted reproduction techniques, despite its use in man, zoo and domestic animals. This study had the objective to evaluate the possibility and offer basis for cannulation of the oviduct and its future application in gamete and embryo transfer programs in this species. Seventeen standing laparoscopies were accomplished in ten mares, each ovary approached from its ipsolateral flank. After identification of the uterine tube, the infundibulum was gently tractioned and a catheter advanced in direction of the abdominal ostium of the uterine tube to the ampulla where 250 µL of culture medium (Dulbecco's - PBS) were deposited. The laparoscopic technique associated with assisted reproduction in the mare can be considered pioneer and have the potential of lowering costs with maintenance of receptors by taking advantage of repetitive cycles, which is impossible by means of the conventional approach through laparotomy. This cost is one of the main obstacles for the commercial application of assisted reproduction techniques in horses.

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Published
2001-01-01
How to Cite
Fialho, S., Figueiró, G., Lehmkühl, R., Pasin, M., Rubin, M., & Silva, C. (2001). Laparoscopic approach of the mare as an aid in reproductive assisted technology. Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Research and Animal Science, 38(5), 229-232. https://doi.org/10.1590/S1413-95962001000500006
Section
VETERINARY MEDICINE