Arthroscopic Removal of Metallic Foreign Body from the Talocrural Joint Using a Magnetic Retriever in a Horse

Authors: 
NICOLAI JANSSON, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ECVS
Volume: 
38
Number: 
5
Pages: 
620 - 622
Journal: 
Veterinary Surgery
Date: 
2009

Objective—To report use of a magnetic retriever for arthroscopic removal of a metallic foreign body from the equine talocrural joint.

Study Design—Clinical report.

Animals—A 2-year-old Warmblood stallion.

Methods—A metallic foreign body was removed from a talocrural joint using a 10-mm magnetic retriever under arthroscopic guidance. Preoperative radiographs were used to locate the intra-articular position of the foreign body.

Results—Six months after surgery, the horse was no longer lame.

Conclusions—A magnetic retriever can be used for arthroscopic removal of metallic foreign bodies from the equine talocrural joint.

Clinical Relevance—A magnetic retriever may be useful for arthroscopic retrieval of metallic foreign bodies from synovial cavities in horses, especially when direct observation is impeded by inflamed synovial villi and fibrin.