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Fracture of Skull, Involving Sinus or Bone

A common complication of severe head trauma involves fracture of the bones near the eyes, base of the ears, and a few inches above the nostrils.

Fractures tend to heal well but infection of the bone or sinuses can result, leading to chronic, usually smelly nasal discharge that does not resolve until the infected bone or material is removed surgically.

If the fracture involves the brain case, or the trauma associated has caused brain swelling, then the horse will likely show signs of neurologic damage.

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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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