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Pituitary gland abscess in a horse subsequent to head trauma

Morgan, R E; Fiske-Jackson, A R; Biggi, M


R E Morgan

A R Fiske-Jackson

M Biggi


A 5‐year‐old Thoroughbred gelding with recent history of head trauma presented with multiple facial swellings, bilateral mucopurulent nasal discharge, neck pain, inappetence and depression. On computed tomographic examination, lesions within the pituitary fossa and structures adjacent to the right guttural pouch were identified. Soft tissue swelling was seen in the dorsal aspect of the right guttural pouch surrounding several cranial nerves, with fluid‐like material in the dependent portions of the right guttural pouch. A CSF sample revealed mild mixed pleocytosis and increased protein concentration. The horse had concurrent periapical disease of the 209‐cheek tooth and mild left sinusitis. The horse's demeanour deteriorated requiring euthanasia. Post‐mortem examination revealed a pituitary gland abscess.


Morgan, R. E., Fiske-Jackson, A. R., & Biggi, M. (2019). Pituitary gland abscess in a horse subsequent to head trauma. Equine Veterinary Education,

Journal Article Type Other
Acceptance Date Feb 1, 2019
Publication Date Feb 12, 2019
Deposit Date Feb 26, 2019
Publicly Available Date Feb 12, 2020
Print ISSN 0957-7734
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
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