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Discospondylitis in an adult horse
  1. M. H. Hillyer, BVSc, MRCVS1,
  2. J. F. Innes, BVSc, MRCVS1,
  3. M. W. Patteson, MA, VetMB, DVC, MRCVS1,1 and
  4. A. R. S. Barr, MA, VetMB, PhD,MRCVS1
  1. 1 Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, Division of Companion Animals, University of Bristol, Langford House, Langford, Bristol BS18 7DU


Discospondylitis, of presumed bacterial origin, was diagnosed in an adult thoroughbred racehorse. The clinical signs were vague and associated with abnormal mobility of the neck and forelimbs. Clinical pathology showed only a non-specific inflammatory response. A scintigraphic examination revealed the site of the lesion and the diagnosis was confirmed by the identification of radiographic changes affecting two thoracic vertebrae. A prolonged course of antimicrobial agents produced a complete recovery and the horse returned to full athletic use.

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  • Dr Patteson's present address is Bushy Farm Veterinary Clinic, Breadstone, Berkeley, Gloucestershire GL13 9HG

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