SCINTIGRAPHIC DETECTION OF EQUINE ORTHOPEDIC INFECTION USING Tc-HMPAO LABELED LEUKOCYTES IN 14 HORSES
Article first published online: 19 MAY 2005
Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
Volume 41, Issue 4, pages 354–359, July 2000
How to Cite
Long, C. D., Galuppo, L. D., Waters, N. K. and Hornof, W. J. (2000), SCINTIGRAPHIC DETECTION OF EQUINE ORTHOPEDIC INFECTION USING Tc-HMPAO LABELED LEUKOCYTES IN 14 HORSES. Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound, 41: 354–359. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-8261.2000.tb02087.x
- Issue published online: 19 MAY 2005
- Article first published online: 19 MAY 2005
- Received June 29, 1999; accepted for publication November 4, 1999.
The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of 99mTc-HMPAO leukocyte scintigraphy (LS) by means of a retrospective review of its use in 14 horses that were evaluated for orthopedic infection as a cause of lameness. A total of 17 LS exams were performed in 14 horses. LS studies were positive in 10 of 14 horses. A bacterial infection was confirmed with cytology or culture in 9 of 10 positive horses. Negative LS studies occurred in 4 of 14 horses. Necropsy confirmed the lack of infection in 2 of the 4 horses. Other clinical data and a favorable clinical outcome supported a negative study in the other 2 horses. No false negative or false positive studies were identified. It may be concluded that HMPAO-LS is an effective tool for the diagnosis of orthopedic infection in horses.