Chronic inflammation in the mare’s uterus is a common cause of infertility and abortion in older mares. It usually results from a combination of factors related to the decreasing emptying function of the uterus as mares age, coupled with bacterial contamination resulting from worsening barrier function.
Uterine biopsy, culture and cytology characterize the severity of the problem.
Treatment revolves around improving barrier function (Caslicks operation), clearing infection and improving uterine defenses with medications and better emptying.
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The uterine biopsy score is a good predictor of an older mare's ability to carry a foal to term. Whether or not the mare maintains uterine fluid.
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