Korean Journal of Veterinary Research 2006;46(1):43-46.
Acupuncture treatment of torticollis in a foal
Duck-Hwan Kim1, Jianzhu Liu1, Jung-Yeon Lee2, Philip MacManus3, Padraic Jennings3, Karl Darcy3, Fiona Burke3, Philip A.M. Rogers4
1College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungnam National University
2Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Obihiro
3Glenina Veterinary Clinic, Galway, Co.
4Teagasc Grange Research Centre, Dunsany, Co.
A 6-month-old thoroughbred filly foal had torticollis and circled towards the right side. A local veterinarian treated her twice using dexamethasone for 1 week but there was little clinical improvement. Needles were inserted into Ting points of both hind limb and one ocular acupoint (shang jiao area from GB01). Injection acupuncture (dexamethasone, twice/week) was used at GV16, GB20, BL10 and LU07, for the neck and head. Acupoint GB34 was added to those points at session 4. In addition, a trigger point in the left neck was injected with 0.2 ml ($200{mu}g$ of apitoxin) of bee-venom diluted with 1 ml of 2% lidocaine from session 1 to session 3. At session 2, the symptoms had ameliorated a little. At session 3, they were much improved; the right ear was completely normal and the neck could be moved about 60% of normal range. At session 4, nodding was possible and stiffness of the neck was much improved, having returned to about 80% of normal range. Three days after session 4, the symptom of torticollis had disappeared completely and the foal could walk in a straight line. In conclusion, the present patient was a case with equine torticollis which showed favourable therapeutic response by combination of needle-acupuncture plus injection-acupuncture with dexamethasone and apitoxin.
Key Words: horse, injection-acupuncture, oculo-acupuncture, torticollis

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