A Review of the Many Faces of Placentitis

Placentitis can wreak havoc for mare owners, so it’s important for vets to have a good understanding of the condition.
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A Review of the Many Faces of Placentitis
Placentitis can wreak havoc for mare owners, so it’s important for vets to have a good understanding of the condition. | Photo: Anne M. Ebehardt/The Horse
Late-term abortions—those that occur between Days 210 and 300 of gestation—due to placentitis (inflammation of the placenta) can wreak both economical and emotional havoc on mare owners. Therefore, it’s important that veterinarians understand the various causes of and treatment options for placentitis.

Igor Canisso, DVM, MSc, PhD, Dipl. ACT, Dipl. DECAR (European College of Animal Reproduction), reviewed key features of placentitis and offered real-life field diagnosis and treatment options to “abort abortion” during the 2015 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 5-9 in Las Vegas.

Canisso conducted his placentitis research while at the University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center, in Lexington, and he now works in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine at The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s College of Veterinary Medicine,

“Approximately 3-5% of Thoroughbred mares suffer late-term pregnancies due to placentitis, making placentitis the leading cause of late-term abortion,” he said

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Stacey Oke, MSc, DVM, is a practicing veterinarian and freelance medical writer and editor. She is interested in both large and small animals, as well as complementary and alternative medicine. Since 2005, she’s worked as a research consultant for nutritional supplement companies, assisted physicians and veterinarians in publishing research articles and textbooks, and written for a number of educational magazines and websites.

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