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Keywords:

  • horse;
  • septic arthritis;
  • navicular bursitis;
  • osteomyelitis;
  • Actinobacillus

Summary

The purpose of this report is to describe the clinical, imaging and pathological findings in a Quarter Horse colt admitted to the Texas A&M University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for lameness of the left forelimb and left hindlimb. A presumptive diagnosis of left forelimb septic navicular bursitis was made ultrasonographically. A cyst-like lesion of the calcaneus was diagnosed radiographically and better characterised with computed tomography. The cyst-like lesion of the calcaneus was caused by infection with Actinobacillus sp. and extended into the adjacent tarsocrural, proximal intertarsal and talocalcaneal joints causing septic arthritis. The owner elected for euthanasia due to the poor prognosis. The diagnoses were confirmed on histopathology.