Scapula stress fractures in Thoroughbred racehorses: Eight cases (1997-2006)

Authors: 
Vallance, S.A.; Lumsden, J.M.; O'Sullivan, C.B.
Volume: 
21
Number: 
10
Pages: 
554-559(6)
Journal: 
Equine Veterinary Education
Date: 
October 2009

No case series exists in the literature describing scapula stress fractures. The purpose of this study was to review the clinical findings, diagnostic images and outcome of 8 horses diagnosed with scapula stress fractures.

Scapula stress fractures were seen in Thoroughbred racehorses displaying acute moderate forelimb lameness. Nuclear scintigraphy identified the mid-distal scapula spine and/or scapula supraspinous fossa as predilection sites. Conservative management resulted in a good prognosis for return to racing, but stress fracture recurrence may be seen.

Large animal: