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To describe the use of an equine compression suit to manage a deep axillary wound in a Thoroughbred filly with bilateral pneumothorax.

Case Summary

A 2-year-old Thoroughbred filly was referred for management of a deep wound to the left axilla. Packing and bandaging of the area were initially attempted, but this became repeatedly dislodged, and bandaging was discontinued. The filly subsequently developed widespread subcutaneous emphysema, and the wound was slow to granulate. Acute onset respiratory distress occurred 11 days after admission, secondary to bilateral worsening pneumothorax, and required placement of a chest drain. A commercially available equine compression suit was then successfully used to hold a primary dressing in place. This resulted in a marked improvement in the subcutaneous emphysema and pneumothorax. Wound granulation subsequently progressed well, and the filly was discharged from the clinic on day 36.

Unique Information Provided

This case report highlights the potential applicability of a compression suit as an alternative to a stent to effectively prevent entry of air and successfully manage axillary wounds in the horse. It was also noted how delayed the progression of a pneumothorax can be after inadequate bandaging of a deep wound in the axillary region. The compression suit provided an alternative means of securing a dressing onto an awkwardly placed wound and may be useful in locations other than the axilla.

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