Pseudomonas aeruginosa sepsis in an adult horse with enteric Salmonellosis
Article first published online: 24 AUG 2006
Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Volume 16, Issue 3, pages 219–223, September 2006
How to Cite
Johns, I. C., Jesty, S. A. and James, F. M. (2006), Pseudomonas aeruginosa sepsis in an adult horse with enteric Salmonellosis. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 16: 219–223. doi: 10.1111/j.1476-4431.2005.00182.x
- Issue published online: 24 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 24 AUG 2006
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Objective: To report a case of enteric Salmonellosis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteremia in an adult horse.
Case summary: A 7-year-old mare presented for signs of acute abdominal pain. Exploratory laparotomy allowed surgical correction of right dorsal displacement of the large colon with a 180° volvulus at the cecocolic ligament. Postoperatively, the mare developed fevers, leukopenia, and diarrhea. Salmonella newport was cultured from the feces and P. aeruginosa from 2 consecutive blood cultures. The mare responded well to intensive medical therapy.
New or unique information provided: Bacteremia associated with colitis is unusual in an adult horse, although the percentage of animals that may be bacteremic is unknown. The bacteria isolated, P. aeruginosa, a common pathogen of other sites in the horse, has not, to our knowledge, been previously reported as a cause of bacteremia and septicemia in an adult horse.