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Septic Arthritis in the Newborn Foal

By: Dr. Mary Rose Paradis

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The survival rate of foals with septic arthritis often depends on factors other than the joint itself,such other complicating problems of septicemia. In one study 66 percent of the foals with the synovitis type survived, but if you eliminate two animals that died within 24 hours of admittance due to septic shock, then this percentage increases to 80 percent. Forty-four percent of the foals with osteomyelitis survived. Long term studies have not been conducted to answer the question of long term soundness after the animals have been placed in work. In all circumstances, septic arthritis should be treated as a medical emergency. In humans with bacterial arthritis, it has been found that a delay in treatment of a few days drastically decreases your chance of complete recovery.

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