Effect of antimicrobial solution lavage on the palmar digital tendon sheath in horses

Baird, A.N.; Scruggs, D.W.; Watkins, J.P.; Taylor, T.S.

American Journal of Veterinary Research 51(9): 1488-1494


ISSN/ISBN: 0002-9645
PMID: 2396799
Document Number: 366627
Sixteen horses were allotted to 4 groups of 4 horses each to evaluate the effect of tendon sheath lavage with 4 solutions (balanced electrolyte solution, 0.1% povidone-iodine, 0.5% povidone-iodine, and 0.5% chlorhexidine). The synovitis caused by 0.1% povidone-iodine lavage was not appreciably worse than that caused by balanced electrolyte solution lavage, but the 0.5% povidone-iodine and chlorhexidine lavages caused severe synovitis, and, therefore, should not be used for tendon sheath lavage.

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