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Treatment of sepsis in the small tarsal joints of 11 horses with gentamicin-impregnated polymethylmethacrylate beads
  1. T. M. Booth, BVSc,CertES(Orth), MACVSc,MRCVS1,1,
  2. P. D. Clegg, MA, VetMB,CertEO, PhD, MRCVS,DiplECVS1,
  3. R. J. Butson, BVSc, CertVA,CertES(Orth), DiplECVS2,
  4. M. C. Schramme, DrMedVet, CertEO, PhD,MRCVS, DiplECVS3 and
  5. R. K. Smith, MA, VetMB,CertEO, PhD, MRCVS,DiplECVS4
  1. 1 Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Large Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Liverpool, Leahurst CH64 7TE
  2. 2 Brooke Hospital for Animals, Broadmead House, 21-23 Panton Street, London SWI YDR
  3. 3 Animal Health Trust, Lanwades Park, Kentford, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7UU
  4. 4 Royal Veterinary College, University of London, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 7TA


Gentamicin-impregnated polymethylmethacrylate beads were used to treat infective arthritis in the small tarsal joints of 11 severely lame horses. Under general anaesthesia, between five and 10 beads were placed into a 7 to 8 mm tract drilled across the affected joint and, in all except one horse, they were left in place for 14 days. Two of the horses were euthanased for reasons other than persistent tarsal joint sepsis, but the other nine survived and seven of them returned to their previous level of athletic performance.

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  • Mr Booth's present address is Large Animal Hospital, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush, Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9RG

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