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Evaluation of two techniques for management of ocular setariasis in horses

Aswathy Gopinathan1, Kiranjeet Singh1*, A.C. Saxena1, K.L Khurana2 and Amarpal1

1Division of Surgery, 2Parasitologist, Polyclinic, Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, Bareilly (UP)-243122, India


The present report puts on record the pros and cons of two methods of eye worm retrieval in 26 horses. Docile animals, allowing restraint, were included in group A (n=7) and aggressive animals evading head restraint were included in group B (n=19). The worm was removed by needle paracentesis at 7-8 O’ clock positions of the cornea; approximately 1 mm away from the limbus under regional nerve blocks in group A.  In group B, however, a 2-3mm corneal incision was made close to the limbus at 10-2 O’clock positions under general anesthesia and regional nerve blocks, to retrieve the worm. Eye ball movements could not be stopped completely in group A but in group B there were no movements of either the eye ball or the animal during surgical intervention. Higher success rate (100%) was achieved in group B as compared to group A (85.71%). Postoperative complications were minimal in both groups. Vision was restored in all the animals without corneal opacity within 15-25 postoperative days. Although removal of ocular parasite through needle paracentesis under regional nerve block analgesia is more economical and less time consuming, the nick incision under general anesthesia is preferable for the management of ocular setariasis in horses particularly in aggressive animals.

Keywords: Ocular Setariasis; horses; surgical retrieval
To cite this article: Gopinathan A, K Singh, AC Saxena, KL Khurana and Amarpal, 2013. Evaluation of two techniques for management of ocular Setariasis in horses. Res. Opin. Anim. Vet. Sci., 3(11), 407-411.

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