The concentration of lidocaine and mepivacaine measured in synovial fluid of different joints of horses after single intra-articular injection

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Objective: To determine the synovial fluid (SF) concentrations of lidocaine and mepivacaine after intra-articular injection with clinically relevant doses to the distal interphalangeal (DIP), metacarpophalangeal (MCP), middle carpal (MC), and tarsocrural (TC) joint at two different time points after injection in order to be able to compare concentrations with previously established concentrations associated with cytotoxicity and antimicrobial activity. Procedures: In the first of two experiments, 20 joints (5 MC, 5 MCP, 10 DIP joints) of five horses under general anesthesia were injected with clinically referenced doses of 2% lidocaine. Simultaneously, the horses had 19 joints (5 MC, 5 MCP, 9 DIP joints) injected with clinically referenced doses of 2% mepivacaine. Synovial fluid samples were collected ~7 min after injection. In experiment 2, 23 joints of seven horses under standing sedation were injected with clinically referenced doses of 2% lidocaine. Similarly, the horses had 21 joints injected with 2% mepivacaine. Synovial fluid samples were collected ~23 min after injection. The concentration of mepivacaine and lidocaine in the obtained SF samples was assessed using high-performance-liquid-chromatography with mass spectrometry detection (HPLC MS). Results: Synovial fluid was obtained 6.8 ± 1.5 (experiment 1) and 23 ± 4.3 (experiment 2) min following intra-articular injection of mepivacaine and lidocaine. Synovial fluid concentrations of experiment 1 for lidocaine and mepivaciane were 6.46–19.62 mg/mL (mean 11.96 ± SD 3.89 mg/mL) and 5.01–13.38 mg/mL (mean 8.18 ± SD 1.76 mg/mL), respectively. In experiment 2, concentrations were 2.94–10.40 mg/mL (mean 6.31± SD 2.23 mg/mL) for lidocaine and 2.10–8.70 mg/mL (mean 4.97 ± SD 1.77 mg/mL) for mepivacaine. Conclusions and clinical relevance: Intra-articular LA injections in horses resulted in SF concentrations above those previously associated with cytotoxic effects in vitro but also above those associated with beneficial antimicrobial activities. Local anesthetic concentration was 33–60% lower after 23 min (experiment 2) than after 7 min (experiment 1).

Original languageEnglish
Article number1007399
JournalFrontiers in Veterinary Science
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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  • equine lameness, lameness diagnosis, lidocaine, local anesthetics, mepivacaine

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