Case: Elbow hygroma
5th October 2018
A three year old doberman presented with a large hygroma, fluid filled sac over the lateral elbow. This was removed but it is highly likely to recur if the underlying cause is not addressed; this is usually big dogs lying on hard floors, with skin being trapped between bone pressure points and a hard unforgiving floor. Restricting the dogs to a soft bedded pen overnight is often required to stop them getting up and choosing to lie on hard tiles.
She was a bit crafty at getting at the dressing and a small hot spot developed over the point of the elbow.
Several dressing changes with the “donut” used to protect the point of the elbow and a splint on the front of the elbow to temporarily reduce flexion, and about 3 weeks later the wound was solid enough to leave open to the air.