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Mandy
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Username: bucky

Post Number: 228
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Wednesday, Nov 12, 2008 - 12:56 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

My old (25+) horse had developed two bumps on his belly. They don't seem to bother him when I touch them and he doesn't seem uncomfortable. Just not sure what to do about them or what they are.



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Mandy
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Post Number: 229
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Posted on Wednesday, Nov 12, 2008 - 12:57 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

P.S.

I have been giving him bute with no results for the past 2 days.
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Dawn Winans
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Posted on Wednesday, Nov 12, 2008 - 3:55 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Mandy!

These look very similar to what my 13 yr old gelding has off and on since he was 5, although they're not quite as pronounced as yours. They seem to be muscle bulges. Sometimes there is one on each side and sometimes just one side.

I haven't seen any adverse effects from them. I've always been curious though and have thought about posting a photo here but just haven't done it.

I am interested to hear Dr O's and other member's thoughts.
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Mandy
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Post Number: 230
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Posted on Wednesday, Nov 12, 2008 - 6:09 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thats what I thought to, feels like a muscle bulge or like he twisted something in his belly.
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Lee
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Posted on Thursday, Nov 13, 2008 - 1:09 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Mandy, Is it edema? When you press with one finger does it remain indented for a short while?
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Posted on Thursday, Nov 13, 2008 - 9:18 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello Mandy,
If this is ventral midline edema it has one odd feature: it usually is not "bi-lobed" but just appears as one central swelling. From a diagnostic standpoint it does not help me however. First step is to determine the nature of the swelling. You need to first determine the nature of the swelling and then you can consider the possible diagnosis, for more on this see Diseases of Horses » Skin Diseases, Wounds, and Swellings » Swellings / Localized Infection / Abscesses » Diagnosing and Assessing Swellings in Horses.
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Mandy
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Post Number: 231
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Posted on Thursday, Nov 13, 2008 - 6:17 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thanks, I will get him into the vet.
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Mandy
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Post Number: 232
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Posted on Thursday, Nov 13, 2008 - 8:40 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Pleased to report this evening the swelling has gone down. Will keep an eye on it.
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