|Two horses were examined for large head wounds suspected to be the result of trauma and characterized by extensive necrosis of the skin and subcutaneous tissue, with abundant purulent exudate.
Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis was isolated from the facial wounds in both horses.
Histopathologic examination revealed severe suppurative cellulitis and panniculitis with fistulous tracts and granulation tissue in 1 horse.
Both horses were treated with local wound care, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and administration of antimicrobials.
The concept of moist wound care was used in the second horse, with products that have recently become available for veterinary wound management.
Outcome in both horses was good.
Source: Farstvedt EG, Hendrickson DA, Dickenson CE, Spier SJ. (2004): Treatment of suppurative facial cellulitis and panniculitis caused by Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis in two horses. In: J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2004 Apr 1;224(7):1139-42, 1112.