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Fistulography

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Introduction

  • Used to outline sinus or fistula tracts in tissue on radiographs by using positive contrast agents.
  • May also outline foreign bodies within these tracts.
  • Confirm the communication of sinus or fistula with certain anatomical structures, such as synovial cavities or areas of damage in bone.

Uses

Advantages

  • Identification of extent and direction of fistula or sinus tracts within soft tissue.
  • Identification of involvement of synovial structures with fistula or sinus tracts.
  • Identification of foreign bodies/sequestra in soft tissue.

Disadvantages

  • Interpretation of the results of this technique can be difficult.
  • Not all foreign bodies are identifiable.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Bryant H A, Dixon J J, Weller R & Bolt D M (2019) Use of positive contrast radiography to identify synovial involvement in horses with traumatic limb wounds. Equine Vet J 51 (1), 20-23 PubMed
  • Garcia E B et al (2014) Navicular bone osteomyelitis and navicular bursitis with associated fistula diagnosed with magnetic resonance fistulography in the horse. Equine Vet Ed 26 (1), 10-14 VetMedResource.
  • Bartmann C P & Bienert-Zeit A (2010) Etiology and surgical treatment of mandibular fistula in the horse. Pferdeheilkunde 26 (2), 191 -198 ResearchGate.
  • Kinns J & Mair T S (2005) Use of magnetic resonance imaging to assess soft tissue damage in the foot following penetrating injury in 3 horses. Equine Vet Ed 17 (2), 69-73 WileyOnline.
  • Lamb C R (1991) Contrast radiography of Equine Joints, Tendon sheaths, and draining tracts. Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract 7 (2), 241-257 PubMed.
  • Lundin C C et al (1988) Diagnostic fistulography in horses. Comp Cont Educ 10, 639-645.
  • May S A & Wyn-Jones G (1987) Contrast radiography in the investigation of sinus tracts and abscess cavities in the horse. Equine Vet J 19 (3), 218-222 PubMed.
  • Dik K J (1987) Fistulography in the horse – retrospective evaluation. Pferdeheilkunde 3 (5), 255-261 VetMedResource.

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