Journal article

Orthopedic infections in equine long bone fractures and arthrodeses treated by internal fixation: 192 cases (1990-2006).

Benjamin J Ahern, Dean W Richardson, Raymond C Boston, Thomas P Schaer

Vet Surg | Published : 2010


OBJECTIVE: To determine the rate of postoperative infection (POI) for internal fixation repaired equine long bone fractures and arthrodeses and identify associated risk factors. STUDY DESIGN: Case series. ANIMALS: Horses (n=192) with fracture repair of the third metacarpal and metatarsal bones, radius, ulna, humerus, tibia, and femur, or arthrodesis with internal fixation. METHODS: Medical records (1990-2006) were reviewed for signalment, anatomic location, fracture classification and method of repair, technique and surgical duration, bacterial species isolated, postoperative care, onset of POI, and outcome. RESULTS: Of 192 horses (171 [89%] closed, 21 [11%] open fractures), 157 (82%) were d..

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