EYE IM­PLANTS CARRY RISKS

EQUUS - - Medical Front -

An im­plant that fills out the hol­low socket after a horse’s eye is re­moved may pro­vide cos­metic ap­peal, but a new study from the Nether­lands sug­gests that it in­creases the risk of in­fec­tion at the sur­gi­cal site.

Re­searchers at Utrecht Uni­ver­sity re­viewed the records of 107 horses who had an eye re­moved, 49 of which had im­plants put in place dur­ing the same pro­ce­dure. They found that, over­all, 7.5 per­cent of the horses de­vel­oped sur­gi­cal-site in­fec­tions, but those who re­ceived im­plants had seven-fold greater odds of in­fec­tion. In all of those cases, the in­fec­tion ne­ces­si­tated a sec­ond surgery to re­move the im­plant.

Horses who had an eye re­moved be­cause of uveitis0, a too-large or too-small globe, or tu­mors in­side the eye had a lower risk of sur­gi­cal site in­fec­tion than did those who un­der­went the re­moval pro­ce­dure as a re­sult of corneal per­fo­ra­tion or rup­ture, in­fected ul­cers or tu­mors on the ex­te­rior of the globe. Sev­en­teen per­cent of horses in the lat­ter group who re­ceived an im­plant de­vel­oped in­fec­tion that led to its re­moval.

Ref­er­ence: “A ret­ro­spec­tive anal­y­sis of the risk fac­tors for sur­gi­cal site in­fec­tions and long-term fol­low-up after transpalpe­bral enu­cle­ation in horses,” BMC Vet­eri­nary Re­search, June 2017

COM­PLI­CA­TION: An im­plant put in place after the re­moval of a horse’s eye can sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the risk of in­fec­tion.

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