Veterinary Record 163:300-302 doi:10.1136/vr.163.10.300

Necrosis of the nasal conchae in 12 horses

  1. B. Ohnesorge, DrMedVet, DipECEIM1
  1. 1 Clinic for Horses, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Bischofsholer Damm 15, 30173 Hannover, Germany


Twelve horses with a history of a unilateral malodorous nasal discharge were examined clinically, endoscopically and radiographically. The head of one of the horses was examined by computed tomography. Tissue samples were taken for microbiology from four of the horses and for histology from three. The conchal necrosis was unilateral in 11 of the horses and bilateral in the other, and no particular concha was affected more than the others. The affected tissue was removed transendoscopically with a polypectomy snare while the horses were sedated and standing. Mild disinfectants were used locally in six of the horses. After the removal of all the necrotic tissue, the affected concha healed without any complications in all 12 horses.

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