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Vet Rec. 2005 Jun 4;156(23):740-3.

Leucocytoclastic vasculitis associated with Staphylococcus intermedius in the pastern of a horse.

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Department of Medical Sciences, University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine, 2015 Linden Drive, Madison 53706-1102, USA.


A pregnant quarterhorse mare became acutely lame as a result of severe swelling of its right hind leg, thought to have been caused by a fracture or a muscle tear. Diagnostic procedures ruled out a traumatic musculoskeletal cause and a physical examination revealed chronic pastern dermatitis ('scratches'/'grease heel'). Histopathological evaluation of biopsy samples from the right hind leg was consistent with a leucocytoclastic vasculitis, and culture yielded Staphylococcus intermedius. The treatment and infectious causes of pastern dermatitis are discussed.

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