Hygromas

I hope you have some information about Hydromas or fluid on the knee. My 18 month old colt "whapped" his knee on his stall door in anticipation of a meal. He got a soft filling on the knee that did not respond to DMSO or anything else for that matter.I hope you have some information about Hydromas or fluid on the knee. My 18 month old colt "whapped" his knee on his stall door in anticipation of a meal. He got a soft filling on the knee that did not respond to DMSO or anything else for that matter.

Story originally posted by: Michael Lowder, DVM, MS

Hello Dr. Lowder,

I hope you have some information about Hydromas or fluid on the knee. My 18 month old colt "whapped" his knee on his stall door in anticipation of a meal. He got a soft filling on the knee that did not respond to DMSO or anything else for that matter.

My vet x rayed it (no damage to bone or cartilage). He then drained it and injected steroids, this has been done three times now. The "swelling" never completely goes down, but he has never been actually lame. Nor does he seem to have any pain in the knee.

Should I try a knee sweat? Can you recommend anything else? I hope to show him someday in Western pleasure.

Thank you,
Tanya

Tanya,

In the past we have had good results draining the hygroma, injecting some atropine & some type of irritant (I usually use contrast media) and wrap the leg for 48 hours.

It may be worth a try.

Thanks,
Dr. Lowder