WVC 90th Annual Conference

(EQ32) Orthopedic Infection

Monday, March 5
5:00 PM - 5:50 PM
MBCC, Palm A, Level 3

CE Credits: 1

Infection of the musculoskeletal system is a serious threat to equine athletic performance, and in some cases, life. Foals are particularly at risk for orthopedic infection, but iatrogenic and traumatic causes also occur in adults. New information of the pathogenesis of orthopedic infection in foals will be presented as well as a multi-modal approach to treating all forms of bone and joint infection.

Elizabeth Santschi

Kansas State University

Elizabeth Santschi, DVM, DACVS
Equine Surgery

Professional Training:
• Bachelor of Science: University of Illinois, College of Agriculture
• D.V.M.: University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine
• Internship: North Carolina State University
• Residency: Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital, Ocala, FL

• Dr. Santschi is presently investigating the biomechanical causes of, and treatments for, subchondral bone lucencies of young horses

• Dr. Santschi’s primary interest is in orthopedic diseases of juvenile horses. This includes disorders such as osteochondrosis and subchondral bone cysts, septic arthritis, and angular and flexural limb deformities.
• Other areas of interest include performance horse injury and fracture repair.

Selected recent publications:

1. Frazer LL, Santschi EM, Fischer KJ. The Impact of Subchondral Bone Cysts on Local Bone Stresses in the Medial Femoral Condyle of the Equine Stifle Joint. Med Eng Phy, 2017;48:158-167.
2. Roquet I, Easter JL, Coomer RPC, Ezquerra LJ, Marsh CA, Trostle SS, Santschi EM. Treatment of subchondral lucencies in the medial proximal radius with a bone screw in eight horses Vet Surgery, 2017; 46(4):478-485.
3. Santschi EM, Prichard MA, Whitman JL, Berk JT, Peterson ES, Canada NC, Morehead JP. Formation and prevalence of radiographic abnormalities of the medial femoral condyle in Thoroughbred horses from 6 to 20 months of age. Annual Proceedings of the AAEP 2016;62:407-13.
4. Bonilla AG, Williams JM, Litsky AS, Santschi EM. Ex-vivo contact data on the equine medial tibial plateau with and without a femoral osteochondral defect. Vet Surgery, 2015:44;289-296.
5. Santschi EM, Williams JM, Morgan JW, Johnson C, Bertone AL, Juzwiak JS. Preliminary investigation into the treatment of equine medial femoral condylar subchondral cystic lesions with a transcondylar lag screw, Vet Surgery, 2015:44;281-288.


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