Journal: Veterinary Surgery

Objective—To report repair of a right proximal tibial Salter-Harris type II fracture in a foal with a hybrid external fixator (HEF).

Study Design—Case report.

Animals—A 5-month-old male foal.

Methods—After open surgical reduction, an HEF built with wires, 2 half-rings, 3 half-threaded connecting rods, and Schanz pins was used to stabilize the fracture.

Results—Immediately after surgery, the foal had relatively good weight bearing. The HEF was removed at 60 days after radiographic confirmation of healing.

Authors: Ramzan, P.H.L.
Journal: Equine Veterinary Journal

Fractures involving the fetlock region are encountered commonly in Thoroughbred racehorses. Condylar fractures of the distal metacarpus/metatarsus and mid-sagittal fractures of the proximal phalanx account for the majority of fetlock injuries during both racing and training and clinical features, management and outcome of these injuries have been well described. Transverse fractures of the distal diaphysis of the third metacarpus, however, are seldom observed and have received little attention in the literature.

Category: Equine - Traumatology
Authors: Tull, T.M.; Woodie, J.B.; Ruggles, A.J.; Reimer, J.R.; Embertson, R.M.; Hopper, S.A.; Bramlage, L.R.
Journal: Equine Veterinary Journal

Reasons for performing study: Few studies have evaluated the athletic prognosis of foals affected by gastrocnemius disruption.

Objective: To examine the diagnosis and management of gastrocnemius disruption in Thoroughbred (TB) foals, determine short-term survival rate and assess future racing performance. The hypothesis was that Thoroughbred foals with gastrocnemius disruption are able to perform as racehorses comparably to their age matched maternal siblings.

Category: Equine - Traumatology
Authors: A. Berkley Chesen, DVM, DACVS; Robin M. Dabareiner, DVM, PhD, DACVS; M. Keith Chaffin, DVM, MS, DACVIM; G. Kent Carter, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Journal: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Objective—To determine clinical signs, ultrasonographic findings, and outcome of horses with tendinitis of the proximal portion of the superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT; group A horses) and to compare signalment, horse use, and outcome in these horses with that of horses with tendinitis of the midmetacarpal region of the SDFT (group B horses).

Design—Retrospective case series.

Animals—12 group A horses and 22 group B horses.

Category: Equine - Tendon - Traumatology
Authors: A. Spadari, G. Spinella, N. Romagnoli, S. Valentini
Journal: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Rupture of the lateral lobe of the proximal tendon of the biceps brachii muscle was diagnosed in an Arabian horse. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the only report of this condition in horses. Although clinical signs were helpful in the identification of the location of disease, ultrasonographic examination was a more definitive and non- invasive means of diagnosing the pathological condition. Bursoscopic examination of the intertubercular bursa was also useful in obtaining confirmation of the diagnosis, and for debridement and lavage of the bursa.

Category: Equine - Tendon - Traumatology
Authors: Cullimore, A.M.; Finnie, J.W.; Marmion, W.J.; Booth, T.M.
Journal: Equine Veterinary Education

A 3-year-old filly was presented for severe lameness referable to the left front fetlock joint. Radiographs confirmed an osseous cyst-like lesion and synovial fluid cytology ruled out sepsis. The filly responded poorly to medical management and was subsequently subjected to euthanasia. Post mortem examination confirmed an impact fracture of the proximal phalanx, previously undiagnosed in the horse.

Authors: Robin M. Dabareiner, DVM, PhD, DACVS; Robert C. Cole, DVM, DACVR
Journal: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Objective—To determine history; clinical, radiographic, ultrasonographic, and scintigraphic abnormalities; treatment; and outcome in horses with tuber coxae fractures and to describe a useful technique for obtaining a dorsomedial-ventrolateral 50° oblique radiographic view of the tuber coxa of the ilium in standing horses. Design—Retrospective case series. Animals—29 horses with fractures of tuber coxa.

Category: Equine - Traumatology
Authors: Dean D. Morgan, DVM; Scott McClure, DVM, PhD, DACVS; Michael J. Yaeger, DVM, PhD; Jim Schumacher, DVM, MS, DACVS; Richard B. Evans, PhD
Journal: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Objective—To evaluate the effects of focused, extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) on the healing of wounds of the distal portion of the limbs in horses. Design—Randomized controlled trial. Animals—6 healthy adult horses. Procedures—In each horse, a 4-cm-diameter full-thickness wound that included underlying periosteum was created on the dorsomedial aspect of each metacarpus and two 3-cm-diameter full-thickness wounds that included underlying periosteum were created on the dorsomedial aspect of each metatarsus.

Category: Equine - Traumatology
Authors: Bischofberger, A.S.; Fürst, A.; Auer, J.; Lischer, C.
Journal: Equine Veterinary Journal

Reasons for performing study: Osteosynthesis of third metacarpal (McIII) and third metatarsal (MtIII) bone fractures in horses is a surgical challenge and complications surrounding the repair are common. Retrospective studies evaluating surgical repair, complications and outcome are necessary to increase knowledge and improve success of long bone fracture repair in the horse.

Authors: Stefan H. Witte, DVM, Abayomi K. Olaifa, DVM, MS, Andrew J. Lewis, DVM,Randy B. Eggleston DVM, Jaroslava Halper MD, PhD, Manfred Kietzmann Prof. Dr med vet, Wolfgang Baeumer Priv. Doz. Dr med vet and P.O. Eric Mueller DVM, PhD
Journal: Journal of Equine Veterinary Science

The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of topical application of a hyaluronan (HA) derivative in wound healing with respect to the rate of epithelialization, fibroplasia, angiogenesis and contraction, magnitude of the local inflammatory response, local expression of transforming growth factor-β 1 and 3 (TGF-β 1 and 3), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), and collagen type III deposition. In six healthy adult horses, six full-thickness skin wounds were created on the dorsal aspect of both metacarpi using a sterile template.

Category: Equine - Traumatology