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Equine Practice
Management of skull fractures in the horse
  1. Henry Tremaine

    Henry Tremaine graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1989. He worked in mixed and equine practice before undertaking an MPhil in equine upper respiratory tract diseases and surgical training at the University of Edinburgh and Ohio State University. He is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Bristol, a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and an RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery.


INJURIES to the equine head are common, particularly in young horses, possibly due to their inquisitive and excitable nature. Skull fractures may be caused by direct trauma and many are open fractures with communication to the skin, oral and nasal cavities or paranasal sinuses. Despite this, perhaps due to the high vascularity of equine skull bones or the relatively low loads placed on these bones, the prognosis for complete recovery in horses with skull fractures is good, with only minor cosmetic blemishes remaining in most cases. This article discusses the diagnosis and management of skull fractures in the horse.

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