Quittor

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Quittor

Quittor is an infected collateral cartilage. It appears as a draining tract observed in the area of the horse's coronary band, or just above the coronary band.
Quittor horses
Quittor develops as a result of an abscess, laceration, pressure necrosis from blunt force trauma, or a puncture wound. Treatment of quittor requires surgical removal of the dead and infected tissue, antibiotics, and supportive care. Maggot therapy my also be helpful for aiding in the removal of the dead and infected tissue.

Symptoms

Purulent discharge from a wound just at or above the coronary band
Lameness
Swelling
Inflammation
Deformity of the hoof wall

Diagnosis

  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam
  • Radiographs

Treatment


TreatmentDetails
SurgeryExcision of necrotic ungular cartilage
Antibiotic therapy
Maggot therapy

Prevention

  • Maintain regular farrier visits
  • All puncture wounds, either nail pricks or other accidental injuries, should be treated, by cleaning them and applying an antibiotic foot spray and poulticing, where necessary, without delay

Prognosis

Usually associated with a good prognosis although recurrence is often possible.

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