Rotarod test

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The rotarod is a standard test of motor coordination, balance and fatigue in rodents.

Basically, the animals are placed on rotating lanes rotating at different speeds or under continuous acceleration, and the time latency to fall from the rotarod is recorded.

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Reasons for choosing this test

  • Easy-to-perform test
  • Allows multi-animals sessions
  • Allows evolution curves of performance
  • Sensitive for both rats and mice

Reasons for not choosing this test

  • Poor in detecting minor deficits or improvements in coordination
  • Needs habituation sessions
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