In Adult Horses With Septic Peritonitis, Does Peritoneal Lavage Combined With Antibiotic Therapy Compared to Antibiotic Therapy Alone Improve Survival Rates?

Sarah Scott Smith

Published:  13/11/2017    in:  Knowledge Summaries


The quality of evidence in equids is insufficient to direct clinical practice aside from the following:

The use of antiseptic solution to lavage the abdomen causes inflammation and is detrimental to the patient.

For peritonitis caused by Actinobacillus equuli, treatment with antibiotics alone may be sufficient. A variety of antibiotics were used in the two reported studies.

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