Multiple extra-pulmonary disorders associated with Rhodococcus equi infection in a 2-month-old foal

S. Le Corre, J. Janes, N. M. Slovis

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Abstract

A 2-month-old Thoroughbred filly was referred to Hagyard Equine Medical Institute for further evaluation of acute pyrexia and a suspected intra-abdominal abscess based on abdominal ultrasonography performed in the field. Initial examination revealed bilateral uveitis, polysynovitis, a large internal abdominal abscess and pneumonia. A transtracheal wash confirmed the presence of a multi-sensitive strain of Rhodococcus equi. Anaemia and thrombocytopenia were noted during hospitalisation. Results of a Coombs test were consistent with an immune-mediated haemolytic process. Recurrent pyrexia, abdominal discomfort and severe respiratory distress unresponsive to intensive medical support motivated euthanasia followed by necropsy after 30 days of treatment. Overall, six extra-pulmonary disorders were simultaneously diagnosed despite the lack of pulmonary pyogranulomas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)396
Number of pages1
JournalEquine Veterinary Education
Volume33
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2021

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Keywords

  • Rhodococcus
  • abscess
  • horse
  • immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia
  • uveitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Equine

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