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Spartacus - Monster Laceration

Spartacus was a 5-year-old Spotted Saddle Horse gelding that sustained a monster laceration by... believe it or not... simply walking into a stall door.

The stall latch was protruding out just enough to snag a piece of skin while Spartacus was entering his stall. As the skin remained hooked on the latch, it tore away from the underlying tissue, creating a large flap that continued to peel back as Spartacus walked on. By the time Spartacus stopped walking, the latch had penetrated approximately 4 inches deep into the underlying biceps femoris muscle.

 

 

Since Spartacus was owned by a husband and wife team of medical physicians (one of whom was an emergency surgeon), the wound was kept fairly clean until he was transported to the hospital. Primary closure was performed at the clinic in 4 separate layers while Spartacus was standing and sedated. Care was taken to line up Spartacus’ color pattern and therefore minimize any postoperative blemish. Due to expected necrosis (death) of the tip of the skin flap, that portion was overlapped onto normal tissue to accommodate for wound contraction during healing. A large drain was also placed within the wound to enhance postoperative evacuation of serum.

 

 

 

Due to the high-motion nature of the tissue over the thigh area, healing of the wound took a couple of months. A permanent defect within the biceps femoris muscle was expected in lieu of the degree of trauma, although it was barely detectable.

After 60 days, Spartacus resumed his normal activity and performed well. No alteration in gait or lameness was evident, and the scar from the injury was almost nonexistent.

 

 

 

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