SYNOVIAL infection of joints or tendon sheaths by bacteria and other organisms can result in a potentially catastrophic inflammatory reaction. This results in permanent degenerative changes to the synovium, joint capsule, articular cartilage, tendons and surrounding structures, and can lead to permanent loss of athletic function or a life-threatening lameness. Synovial sepsis is commonly encountered in all types of equine practice and early diagnosis and aggressive therapy are essential for achieving a successful resolution.
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