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Equine Practice
Infection of equine joints and tendon sheaths
  1. Henry Tremaine

    Henry Tremaine graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1989. After four years in practice, he undertook a surgical residency at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, where he was awarded a certificate in equine surgery (soft tissue) and an MPhil. Subsequently, he worked as a clinical instructor at Ohio State University before returning to Edinburgh where he is a lecturer in equine surgery.


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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