Home
http://www.virbac.fr/ http://www.boehringer-ingelheim.com/ http://www.novartis.com/ http://www.animalhealth.bayerhealthcare.com/
vetcontact
Vetrinär
Tiermedizin
  WELCOME  
vetcontact
Vetrinär
Tiermedizin
  Privacy Policy  
  Home  
  Login / Newsletter  
vetcontact
Vetrinär
Tiermedizin
  CONTACTS  
vetcontact
Vetrinär
Tiermedizin
  Classifieds  
  New Products  
  VetCompanies  
  VetSchools  
vetcontact
Vetrinär
Tiermedizin
  PROFESSION  
vetcontact
Vetrinär
Tiermedizin
  Edutainment  
  VetAgenda  
  Presentations  
  Posters  
  ESAVS  
  Specialisation  
vetcontact
Vetrinär
Tiermedizin
  INSIGHT  
vetcontact
Vetrinär
Tiermedizin
  Congress News  
  Picture Galleries  
vetcontact
Vetrinär
Tiermedizin
  PRODUCTS  
vetcontact
Vetrinär
Tiermedizin
  Bayer  
  Boehringer Ing.  
  Novartis  
  Virbac

 
  Simply book for less...  
    

Bovine    Equine    Small Animal Practice    Swine Practice    Articles    Vetjournal    
deutsch english español polski francais
Home / WELCOME / Archiv / Equine /     
 
Occult Subchondral Osseous Cyst-like Lesions as reason for lameness
Lameness is a very common problem in horses, and it can be hard to find the origin of the problem. One possibility for lameness affecting the hind legs are cysteous lesions in the tarsus which are invisible on X-rays. They need CT or scintigraphy to become diagnosed...

In this retrospective study, clinical signs, diagnosis, management, and outcome of horses with occult sub-chondral osseous cyst-like lesions of the tarsocrural joint are evaluated.
Twelve horses with subchondral osseous cyst-like lesions (SOCLs) in the tarsocrural joint were included.

Information about history, examination findings, diagnostic techniques, and surgical procedures as obtained from medical records. Outcome was determined by patient re-evaluation and telephone communication with the referring veterinarian, owner, or trainer.

Results: Horses were aged from 3 to 29 years. Lameness (2 weeks to 1 year) varied from moderate to severe.
Synovial fluid analyses (9 horses) yielded changes consistent with suppurative inflammation and positive bacterial culture was obtained in 4 horses.
Eight of 9 horses that had intra-articular analgesia had a dramatic reduction in lameness.

No abnormalities were detected on tarsal radiographs in 10 horses.

Scintigraphy identified foci of increased radiopharmaceutical uptake in the distal tibia or talus of all horses, and the lesion was further characterized by computed tomography in 7 horses.

SOCLs were identified in the medial malleolus (5), intertrochlear groove of the talus (4), lateral malleolus (2), and distal intermediate ridge of the tibia (1).

One horse was euthanatized, 6 horses had surgical debridement, and 5 horses were managed conservatively.

Four horses treated surgically (67%) returned to soundness. Conservatively treated horses continued to exhibit lameness but 2 were sufficiently sound for light pleasure riding.

Conclusions: Occult lesions of the tarsus not visible on radiographs can be detected by computed tomography and scintigraphy and may be a source of lameness.

Thus, SOCL, possibly of septic origin, should be a differential diagnosis for persistent lameness localized to the tarsocrural joint without radiographic abnormalities. Surgical debridement of the lesions may offer the best prognosis for a return to athletic soundness.



Source: García-López, José M. & Kirker-Head, Carl A. (2004): Occult Subchondral Osseous Cyst-like Lesions of the Equine Tarsocrural Joint. In: Veterinary Surgery 33 (5), 557-564.




Tell a friend   |   Print version   |   Send this article

EQUINE

The farrier role in supporting horse owners to prevent laminitismembers
Emerging research highlights how, due to demographic changes in horse owner populations in Western societies, complex owner–horse relationships are leading to inappropriate horse care, including overnutrition, which in turn can lead to laminitis. Farriers, due to their regular visits, may be in a position to support owners in dealing with this problem. This study explored whether UK farriers have a role in working with horse owners to support horse welfare and prevent laminitis.

  • CT description of equine oromaxillary sinus and oronasal fistulaemembers
  • Insulin and the structural integrity of equine digital lamellaemembers
  • Exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage in Thoroughbred racehorsesmembers
  • Specific bioactive collagen peptides (PETAGILE®) in horses with osteoarthritismembers
  • Epidural anaesthesia in horses with perineal and tail melanomasmembers
  • Unexpected cause of haematuria in an Egyptian Arabian stallionmembers
  • First description of hypersplenism in an old miniature ponymembers
  • Endocrinopathies associated with severe hypertriglyceridaemia in horses and poniesmembers
  • Clinical effect of corticosteroids in horses with asthmamembers
  • Severe complications of cheek tooth extraction in a ponymembers
  • Septic keratitis - associated bacteria and antibiotic susceptibilitymembers
  • Traumatic coccygeal luxation and distal amputation of the tail of a horsemembers


  • [ Home ] [ About ] [ Contact / Request ][ Disclaimer ]

    Copyright © 2001-2016 VetContact GmbH
    All rights reserved