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Surgical repair of the parotid gland in a gelding
  1. S. A. Newton, BVSc, MRCVS1,
  2. D. C. Knottenbelt, BVM&S, DVM&S, MRCVS1 and
  3. E. A. Daniel, VetMB, MA, MRCVS1
  1. 1 Department of Veterinary Clinical Science and Animal Husbandry, University of Liverpool, Leahurst, Neston, South Wirral L64 7TE


The surgical repair of a traumatic injury to the parotid (Stenson's) duct of an adult horse is described and compared with previous reports. The diagnosis was confirmed by the analysis of a flow of saliva-like fluid observed while the horse was eating. The repair was attempted under general anaesthesia three days after the injury. Surgical anastomosis was considered to have improved the rate of healing. However, there was some evidence of leakage of saliva from the site for three days after the removal of the in-dwelling catheter, seven days postoperatively. A full recovery followed.

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