Identification of a periorbital wooden foreign body as the cause of chronic ocular discharge in a horse

M. P. Santos, S. D. Gutierrez-Nibeyro, A. A. Stewart, R. M. Hyde, D. H. Rodgerson

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The clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic features of a horse with a wooden foreign body embedded in the deep portion of the right masseter muscle adjacent to the right orbit are presented. The purpose of this report is to describe the clinical presentation, magnetic resonance imaging findings and treatment of a penetrating wooden foreign body in a horse that had no history of trauma or evidence of a puncture wound. This report documents the usefulness of magnetic resonance imaging to detect a wooden foreign body embedded in the soft tissues of a horse with a chronic copious ocular discharge. Two surgical procedures were necessary, which is a frequent complication encountered with wooden foreign bodies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-87
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian veterinary journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012



  • Foreign body
  • Horses
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Ocular discharge
  • Periorbital region

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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