Determination of plasma catecholamines in dogs after experimental gingival retraction with epinephrine-impregnated cord

David Harold Shaw, R. F. Krejci, G. L. Todd, Richard A Reinhardt

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Scopus citations


Blood catecholamine levels were determined by high-performance liquid chromatography after placement of the cord around two teeth in a random sequence of the following treatments: (1) untreated cord to intact gingival crevice (C), (2) epinephrine cord to intact crevice (E1), and (3) epinephrine cord to a crevice disrupted with a tapered diamond bur to simulate a subgingival procedure such as in crown preparation (E2). Each cord was left in place for 30 min while blood was drawn from the external jugular vein at 0, 5, 10, 20 and 30 min, and at 10 and 30 min after removal of the cord. Catecholamine values were compared to baseline (time 0) measurements. Treatment C resulted in no significant change in blood catecholamines. Treatment E1 caused a significant increase (p < 0.01) in blood epinephrine levels reaching a 641 per cent increase at 30 min. Treatment E2 produced a highly significant increase (p < 0.001) in blood epinephrine with a greater than 5000 per cent increase 10 min after cord removal. Norepinephrine and dopamine levels were not significantly altered by any of the treatments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-219
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Oral Biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1987


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Dentistry(all)
  • Cell Biology

Cite this