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Help for blocked vein/swollen head

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  • Help for blocked vein/swollen head

    My vet is looking into this and will be contacting specialists, but in the meantime, has anyone dealt with a horse that has a blocked vein in its head? We have the horse on Dex for now,are encouraging her to eat with her head up and the swelling in its head is almost gone, but we aren't sure if the Dex will be enough to allow the blockage to clear (if that is in fact the problem).

    If anyone has dealt with this or even read about it, please pass the information along.

    Another thing that may or may not be related, is that blood work showed slightly low protein levels, and her skin is a little on the yellow side). Any ideas on that?
    Freeing worms from cans everywhere!

  • #2
    A search on a reputable veterinary website like thehorse.com for "jugular vein thrombosis" should provide you with lots of facts.
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    • Original Poster

      It is not her jugular vein that is the issue, so not sure if the treatments would be at all similar. If it is a blocked vein, it is one of the smaller ones somewhere in/on her head.

      This is just a working hypothosis at this point.

      The poor horse looked like a cartoon animal before the Dex took the swelling down!
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      • #4
        If it is a venous occlusion somewhere, eventually the collateral circulation will take care of the problem.
        Short term, it *is* alarming though.
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        • #5
          would ultrasound be useful to break up the blockage?
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          • #6
            Can horses get a cavernous sinus thrombosis?
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            • #7
              My mare is missing her R jugular vein (or at least a big hunk of it). Collateral circulation is a wonderful thing.


              • Original Poster

                Originally posted by Ghazzu View Post
                If it is a venous occlusion somewhere, eventually the collateral circulation will take care of the problem.
                Short term, it *is* alarming though.
                What are treatments to help in the meantime? She is getting Dex, which takes the swelling down to almost nothing, but about 14 hours after getting the dex, the swelling starts to return. The swelling started out in her chin groove, but now seems to be more in her cheeks and a bit above her eyes, mostly on the left side. She got the Dex last night at 9:30 pm, and by 2 pm today she had lost all definition in her cheeks and had hoods over her eyes. She is however happy and eating fine.

                Owner did some massage to try to help move some of the swelling to help it drain, and it does seem to help.

                Horse does not seem to be suffering at all, just worrisome to all concerned to see the swelling.
                Freeing worms from cans everywhere!


                • #9
                  I think is humans ASA is used??? So perhaps that would help?


                  • #10
                    Aspirin is virtually useless to treat or prevent venous clots in humans, unfortunately. Arterial clots, yes. Venous ones, no.

                    This would be the ideal time to hang the hay up high in a hay net, I guess.
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                    • Original Poster

                      Yes, she is eating from a hay net now. At first the vet was thinking allergy, so we switched to hay cubes (fed up high), but she no longer thinks it is an allergy, so she will go back to getting hay tonight, in a net/bag.

                      I am finding links between blood clots and low protein levels (which she is showing) so maybe raising her protein level will help?
                      Freeing worms from cans everywhere!


                      • #12
                        I'm not a vet, but that would not be something that rang my "this is related" bells.
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