Thoracic trauma and post operative lung injury in a neonatal foal

A. Borchers, A. van Eps, S. Zedler, P. A. Wilkins

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A 24-hour-old Standardbred filly was referred with an acute history of weakness, respiratory distress and subcutaneous emphysema. Radiographic evaluation revealed left sided rib fractures, unilateral pneumothorax and pneumomediastinum. Serial arterial blood gas measurements pre- and post rib repair showed pulmonary dysfunction. Post operative radiographs revealed the presence of air bronchograms and a bronchointerstitial pattern, suggestive of alveolar parenchymal pathology consistent with pulmonary contusion, pulmonary oedema or ALI/ARDS. The filly was treated with intranasal oxygen and an active chest draining unit and recovered uneventfully.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)186-191
Number of pages6
JournalEquine Veterinary Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Horse
  • Parenchymal pulmonary disease
  • Rib fractures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Equine


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