TitleOtitis media and interna and temporohyoid osteoarthropathy.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsBlythe, LL
JournalThe Veterinary clinics of North America. Equine practice
Date Published1997 Apr
KeywordsTemporal Bone

Otitis media/interna in the equine most commonly is a chronic, insidious infection with the unique sequella of temporohyoid osteoarthropathy in some horses. Head shaking may be the only clinical sign of the early stages of this disease. The arthritic condition often leads to fusion of the temporohyoid joint with resultant stress fractures of the petrous temporal bone. When this occurs, the horse presents as an acute neurologic case with clinical signs of vestibular and facial nerve dysfunction. Diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis are discussed. Recognition of this syndrome is important because many of these horses can be treated successfully and can return to normal function.