Limb fracture during recovery from general anaesthesia: An often tragic complication of equine anaesthesia

T. B. Dzikiti, L. Bester, I. Cilliers, A. Carstens, G. F. Stegmann, J. Hubert

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Abstract

A 10-year-old Thoroughbred mare was presented for lameness of the left hindlimb as a result of an apical fracture of the lateral proximal sesamoid bone. The mare was ultimately euthanased after suffering catastrophic fractures of the 3rd and 4th metatarsal bones of the contra-lateral hindlimb during an uncoordinated attempt to rise during recovery from general anaesthesia after undergoing arthroscopic surgery. The case report focuses mostly on horse anaesthesia-related mortality, anaesthetic procedure in the horse, possible causes of fractures in horses during recovery and ways in which rate of occurrence of these fractures can be minimised.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-148
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the South African Veterinary Association
Volume79
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2008

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