Equine Pastern Dermatitis: A Pathologist’s Perspective

A correct and early diagnosis can greatly expedite pastern dermatitis’ resolution.
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Inflammatory conditions of the pastern will be appearing with increasing frequency during the summer season. But as a diagnosis, “pastern dermatitis” leaves much to be desired. When this alone is noted on a biopsy report, it leaves the clinician and client with little useful knowledge.

Causes of Inflammatory Conditions of the Pastern

Bacteria

  • Dermatophilus congolensis
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Spirochetosis
  • Any cause of pyoderma

Fungi/yeast/oomycetes

  • Pythium spp.
  • Malassezia spp

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