Presented in part at the 10th International Association for Functional Improvement of Equine Dentition Congress, March 2012, Niedernhausen/Wiesbaden, Germany.
Bacterial Meningitis After Sinus Surgery in Five Adult Horses
Article first published online: 27 JAN 2014
© Copyright 2014 by The American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Volume 43, Issue 6, pages 697–703, August 2014
How to Cite
Bach, F. S., Bodo, G., Kuemmerle, J. M., Bienert-Zeit, A., Hainisch, E. K. and Simhofer, H. (2014), Bacterial Meningitis After Sinus Surgery in Five Adult Horses. Veterinary Surgery, 43: 697–703. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2014.12132.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUL 2014
- Article first published online: 27 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Received: 1 DEC 2012
To report meningoencephalitis as a complication after paranasal sinus surgery in 5 horses.
Adult horses (n = 5).
Medical records (2005–2010) of 5 horses that developed neurologic signs after sinus surgery were reviewed to identify potential risk factors, cause(s), or common pathways for infection.
Underlying diseases were primary (n = 1) and secondary sinusitis (4) because of apical dental infection (1), sinus cyst (2), or masses in the ethmoturbinate region (2). Horses were treated by conventional surgical approaches and aftercare including repeated sinus lavage. Four horses had undulating pyrexia postoperatively despite antimicrobial therapy. All horses developed neurologic signs, eventually unresponsive to treatment. Suppurative meningoencephalitis was diagnosed macro- and/or microscopically on necropsy in all horses.
Meningitis is a rare but fatal complication after sinus surgery in horses.