oa SA Horseman - Septic arthritis : a potentially life-threatening condition - : special report

Volume 4, Issue 1
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Septic or infectious arthritis can be devastating to a horse's athletic career and can be life-ending. Normal joint and tendon sheath function is disrupted by the associated pain and inflammation occurring in the acute stages of the disease. Should prompt treatment of the infection not be performed, normal joint function may be deleteriously affected.

Complications such as degenerative joint disease and fibrous tissue formation should be avoided as this will restrict joint and tendon sheath motion and be a source of chronic pain.

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