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Generalised tetanus in a 2-week-old foal: use of physiotherapy to aid recovery.
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PMID:  22008124     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
A 2-week-old Estonian Draft foal presented with signs of severe generalised tetanus, recumbency and inability to drink. The suspected source of infection was the umbilicus. Medical treatment was administered, including tetanus antitoxin, antimicrobial therapy and phenobarbital to control tetanic spasms. In addition, an intensive physiotherapy program was carried out during the recovery period. Techniques designed for syndromes involving upper motor neuron spasticity in humans were applied. Exercises aimed at weight-bearing and mobility were executed with the help of a walking-frame. The foal made a complete recovery. To our knowledge, this is the first report of the use of physiotherapy in the treatment of tetanus in horses.
Ak Mykkänen; Hk Hyytiäinen; Cm McGowan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian veterinary journal     Volume:  89     ISSN:  1751-0813     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust. Vet. J.     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370616     Medline TA:  Aust Vet J     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  447-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2011 The Authors. Australian Veterinary Journal © 2011 Australian Veterinary Association.
Department of Equine and Small Animal Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland.
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