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Limb fracture during recovery from general anaesthesia : an often tragic complication of equine anaesthesia : clinical communication

T.B. Dzikiti, L. Bester, I. Cilliers, A. Carstens, G.F. Stegmann, J. Hubert

Journal of the South African Veterinary Association; Vol 79, No 3 (2008), 145-148. doi: 10.4102/jsava.v79i3.262

Submitted: 29 May 2008
Published:  29 May 2008


A 10-year-old Thoroughbred mare was presented for lameness of the left hindlimb as a result of an apical fracture of the lateral proximal sesamoid bone. The mare was ultimately euthanased after suffering catastrophic fractures of the 3rd and 4th metatarsal bones of the contra-lateral hindlimb during an uncoordinated attempt to rise during recovery from general anaesthesia after undergoing arthroscopic surgery. The case report focuses mostly on horse anaesthesia-related mortality, anaesthetic procedure in the horse, possible causes of fractures in horses during recovery and ways in which rate of occurrence of these fractures can be minimised.

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L. Bester,
I. Cilliers,
A. Carstens,
G.F. Stegmann,
J. Hubert,


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