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Oklahoma State University
Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

Healthy Animals - Healthy People

Elbow Hygroma Cases Wanted

Dr. Ashish Ranjan, associate professor of physiological sciences, Dr. Dugat, assistant professor of small animal surgery, Dr. Ritchey, head of veterinary pathobiology, and Dr. Malayer, associate dean for research, received a grant from the Focused Ultrasound Society (FUS) to fully fund research that investigates therapeutic clearance of non-healing wound pathogens with a novel focused ultrasound technology.

Focused ultrasound treatment of soft-tissues offers significant benefit over traditional treatments like surgery. It is non-invasive, which reduces the risk of infection and eliminates the need for stitches and the Elizabethan collar, doesn’t require surgical follow-up, and is non-toxic. Our studies in a mice wound model suggest that focused ultrasound significantly enhances antimicrobial efficacy, and is effective against drug resistant pathogens. Through this grant, we will explore the benefit of this approach in treating non-healing elbow hygromas. Dogs will be treated free of charge to the owner, and will be placed into one of three predetermined treatment groups. The treatment is quick (<30min.) and doesn’t result in significant complication risk!

What do we need?

We need your collaboration in sending cases that have a chronic limb wound, such as an elbow hygroma.

What will this cost the owner?

Absolutely NOTHING. All treatment costs (from exam, anesthesia, hospitalization, medications, treatment) are covered by the grant.

How to contact us:

If you have a case that you think might fit, or you don’t know and want to find out, contact us!

Dr. Ashish Ranjan (Principal Investigator)


Dr. Danielle Dugat