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post #1 of 4 Old 08-10-2020, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Sequestrum in shoulder

I have a gelding that was kicked out in the pasture around 2 months ago. He got a pretty good gash in his shoulder which was healing up nicely and then began to flare up and drain fluid again. I had my vet come out and I learned he had a sequestrum, which is a small sliver of bone that has broken off which the body attempts to drain out. Being an unusual spot for one of these, she told me I could wait and see if his body reabsorbed it, and if not, we’d have to spend a good amount of money to have it removed. After this I waited a few days and it appeared to begin healing up nicely again with no drainage, but he got out a couple nights ago and the day after, it was bleeding and inflamed similar to the way it was before. I am wondering if he’d just done something to irritate it or if the chip is still a problem. It does not appear to be draining pus and it is not as inflamed as it was before the vet came out but it’s definitely not pretty especially before I’m able to clean it up. I want to get some opinions on what’s going on before I have the vet come out again, and if the sequestrum doesn’t appear to be an issue anymore, what are some things I can do to help the healing process? I’ve been cold hosing daily and using Vetricyn. He is not lame and was cleared to ride.
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Photo #1: wound before vet visit
Photo #2: wound after vet visit
Photo #3: wound 2 days ago
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-10-2020, 09:51 AM
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I'm no vet but have dealt with bone sequestration on legs.(not shoulders)
I haven't had any luck with the body absorbing the bone pieces, even the small almost grain of sand size pieces. One horse continued to blow out for a couple years after the initial injury until I had the vet go in and clean it out.

Another horse only blew out again once until the bone came out. Thankfully the bone was in one piece, the size of a quarter, I was able to remove myself and he healed perfectly.

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I guess I will just have to see, frustrating because I was told the surgery will be a couple thousand
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-11-2020, 09:26 AM
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I guess I will just have to see, frustrating because I was told the surgery will be a couple thousand
Oh wow.
Just out of curiosity, was the shoulder x-rayed?
Did the vet say how big the piece is?

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