The effect of anaesthesia on somatosensory evoked potential measurement in a rat model

Jukka Kortelainen, Hasan Al-Nashash, Ashwati Vipin, Xin Yuan Thow, Angelo All

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Somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) are widely used to study the functional integrity of ascending sensory pathways. For animal studies, SEPs provide a convenient method to quantitatively assess the functionality of the nervous system with low invasiveness. Even though they are frequently used in animal models, little attention is paid to the fact that SEPs are vulnerable to contamination from experimental factors such as anaesthetic delivery. In this study, the effect of isoflurane on SEP measurement was investigated in a rat model. The aim was to find out the adjustments for anaesthetic delivery optimizing the quality of the recordings. Two aspects were studied: the effect of isoflurane dosage on the SEP parameters and on the repeatability of the measurements. The SEP quality was found to be best when 1.5% isoflurane concentration was used. This dosage resulted in the best signal-to-noise ratio and equal repeatability of the measurements compared with the others. Our findings can help in refining the anaesthetic protocols related to SEP recordings in a rat model and, by improving the quality of the measurements, potentially reducing the number of subjects needed to carry out studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-66
Number of pages4
JournalLaboratory Animals
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Anaesthesia
  • Animal model
  • Reduction
  • Rodents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • General Veterinary


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