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Cornell Vet. 1991 Jul;81(3):239-43.

Bone abscess in the mandible of a quarter horse gelding.

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Department of Large Animal Surgery and Medicine, Auburn University, AL 36849-5522.


A 4-year-old Quarter horse gelding presented with a swelling in the soft tissues over the junction of the body and ramus of the left mandible. Radiography showed a well circumscribed lytic area within the mandible surrounded by sclerosis unassociated with any tooth. Aspiration of the lesion yielded pus. The abscess cavity was opened, curetted and lavaged. A Penrose drain was placed in the abscess cavity for 10 days. Bacteriological culture of the exudate and soft tissues from the abscess produced a few colonies of Staphylococcus intermedius. Histopathology showed chronic pyogenic infection. The horse recovered well and was normal 1 year after treatment.

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