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Keywords:

  • horse;
  • lymphangitis;
  • lymphoedema;
  • surgery;
  • lymphangiectasia

Summary

The case reported here describes an atypical presentation of cellulitis/lymphangitis in an 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare. The horse was presented with a history of recurrent episodes of cellulitis/lymphangitis and the presence of fluctuating cyst-like lesions on the left hindlimb. These lesions appeared to be interconnected lymphangiectasias. Surgical debridement followed by primary wound closure and local drainage was performed under general anaesthesia. Twelve months post surgery, no recurrence of cellulitis/lymphangitis had occurred and the mare had returned to her former use as a dressage horse.