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Wound: complications

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Infection

Major sources of infection

Surgical wounds

  • Endogenous bacterial flora.
  • Break or failure in aseptic technique.
  • Poor surgical technique.

Traumatic wounds

  • Inadequate lavage and debridement to remove environmental contamination.
  • Closure of a wound that should have been left open.
  • Concurrent soft tissue damage.
  • Inadequate hemostasis, failure to close dead space and excessive tissue trauma at surgery   →   hematomas and seromas.
  • Inappropriate treatment of granulation tissue.

Prevention

  • Optimal wound management.

Cellulitis

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Self-mutilation

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Exuberant granulation tissue

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Habronemiasis

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Sarcoids

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Quinn G (2010) Management of large wounds in horses. In Pract 32 (8), 370-381.

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