Blunt-Force Trauma

Practical Horseman - - Rassing's lonoir -

Ab­nor­mal nasal dis­charge and fa­cial de­for­mi­ties do not al­ways point to a si­nus dis­ease. A horse may suf­fer a frac­ture due to blunt-force trauma from swing­ing his head reck­lessly or get­ting kicked by an­other horse. Be­cause the blood sup­ply in the head is so good, a small frac­ture will usu­ally heal very well on its own.

A vet­eri­nar­ian may do re­con­struc­tion if there is a de­pres­sion or frag­ments of bone seen on an X-ray. The prog­no­sis is usu­ally promis­ing. Ken­neth E Sullins, DVM, MS, DACVS, a pro­fes­sor of surgery at Mid­west­ern Univer­sity’s Col­lege of Vet­eri­nar­ian Medicine, de­scribes a case where a foal had been kicked and his face caved in. Dur­ing surgery, Dr. Sullins el­e­vated the bones and re-in­flated the si­nuses. The foal healed ex­tremely well and went on to become a hal­ter horse.

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