Management of acquired flexural deformity of the metacarpophalangeal joint in Equidae.

TitleManagement of acquired flexural deformity of the metacarpophalangeal joint in Equidae.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1985
AuthorsWagner PC, Shires GM, Watrous BJ, Kaneps AJ, Schmotzer WB, Riebold TW
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Volume187
Issue9
Pagination915-8
Date Published1985 Nov 1
ISSN0003-1488
KeywordsAge Factors, Animals, Female, Forelimb, Hindlimb, Horse Diseases, Horses, Joint Diseases, Male
Abstract

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 JournalJ. Am. Vet. Med. Assoc.