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Rupture of the flexor tendons of a horse secondary to a non-responsive digital sheath sepsis
  1. J.A. Kidd, BA, DVM, CertES(Orth), DipECVS, MRCVS1,
  2. L.C. Voute, BVSc, CertES(Orth), MRCVS1 and
  3. M. Hewetson, BSc, BVSc, CertEM(IntMed), MRCVS1
  1. 1 Weiper Centre for Equine Welfare, Institute for Comparative Medicine, Unversity of Glasgow Veterinary School, Bearsden Road, Bearsden, Glasgow G61 1QH
  1. Queen' Veterinary School Hospital, Equine Hospital, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0ES


A 12-year-old hunter gelding became severely lame as a result of a laceration to the sheath of the digital flexor tendons of its left hindlimb, but there was no apparent damage to the tendons. The injury became chronically infected with Pseudomonas and Streptococcus species and Escherichia coli which did not respond to antibiotic treatment, and the horse remained lame. A postmortem examination revealed that the tendons had ruptured.

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