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Management of acquired flexural deformity of the metacarpophalangeal joint in Equidae.
|Title||Management of acquired flexural deformity of the metacarpophalangeal joint in Equidae.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1985|
|Authors||Wagner PC, Shires GM, Watrous BJ, Kaneps AJ, Schmotzer WB, Riebold TW|
|Journal||Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association|
|Date Published||1985 Nov 1|
|Keywords||Age Factors, Animals, Female, Forelimb, Hindlimb, Horse Diseases, Horses, Joint Diseases, Male|
Fifteen horses with flexural deformity of the metacarpophalangeal joint were evaluated and their conditions were designated as mild, moderate, or severe. Evaluations were made on the basis of clinical signs and lesions seen on radiography. Horses with mild deformities were treated with corrective trimming and shoeing; those with moderate deformities were treated with desmotomy of the accessory ligament of the deep digital flexor tendon and corrective shoeing. Desmotomies of the accessory ligaments of both deep and superficial digital flexor tendons were performed on horses severely affected, followed by corrective shoeing. In this long-term study, 4 horses with mild lesions and 4 horses with moderate lesions returned to useful work. None of the horses with severe disease responded enough to withstand strenuous athletic training.
|Alternate Journal||J. Am. Vet. Med. Assoc.|