Septic Arthritis, Physitis, and Osteomyelitis in Foals. Academic Article uri icon


  • Despite differences in etiology and diagnostics, the mainstay of therapy in the foal is similar to the adult: local lavage and/or debridement and local antimicrobial therapy. When musculoskeletal infection is concurrent with neonatal sepsis, the prognosis for survival is fair. When musculoskeletal infection is the primary problem, the prognosis is fair to good for survival of synovial, bony, and physeal infections with appropriate and aggressive local therapy. Recent literature may indicate that prognosis for survival and potential athleticism in foals that are treated expediently with local therapies and are without comorbidities may be more favorable than has been previously indicated.

published proceedings

  • Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract

altmetric score

  • 2.6

author list (cited authors)

  • Glass, K., & Watts, A. E.

citation count

  • 24

complete list of authors

  • Glass, Kati||Watts, Ashlee E

publication date

  • January 2017