Guttural Pouch Infection

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Equine Guttural Pouch Infections

In horses, guttural pouches can be the source of various bacterial and fungal infections. A veterinarian explains how empyema, chondroids, mycosis, and other conditions can afflict these structures.

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Tough to Swallow

My 3-year-old pony mare developed a purulent (discharging pus) head infection last summer and was subsequently diagnosed with a stenotic (narrowing) left guttural pouch, which required two laser surgeries to correct.

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Mystery Solved: Guttural Pouches

We know that all horses have a guttural pouch, and some of their distant relations have a smaller version of the same structure. But until very recently, we didn’t know why they existed.

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