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Desmitis of the accessory ligament of the deep digital flexor tendon in the horse: clinical and ultrasonographic features. A report of 24 cases.
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PMID:  8237184     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The clinical and ultrasonographic features of desmitis of the accessory ligament of the deep digital flexor tendon (carpal check ligament) are reported in a series of 24 horses. Lameness associated with the carpal check ligament especially was found in Warmblood riding horses ranging in age from 6 to 18 years with a mean age of 11.3 years. The most striking clinical feature was a firm, painful swelling medially and laterally in the proximal and/or mid metacarpal region, corresponding with the dorsoproximal-palmarodistal oblique direction of the carpal check ligament. Sonographically swelling of the carpal check ligament was common, the enlarged ligament mostly showing a type 1-2 texture. Occasionally a more localized lesion with a type 3-4 texture was present. About 40% of the horses also showed additional lesions in (one of three other flexor tendons or ligaments in the metacarpal region. Most horses were treated conservatively, i.e. boxstallrest and/or a controlled exercise regime were applied. From the 19 horses available for follow up (1-36 months), only 3 horses resumed full work. Obviously the prognosis of this injury is guarded.
A J van den Belt; C K Becker; K J Dik
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Zentralblatt für Veterinärmedizin. Reihe A     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0514-7158     ISO Abbreviation:  Zentralbl Veterinarmed A     Publication Date:  1993 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-12-13     Completed Date:  1993-12-13     Revised Date:  2005-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0331323     Medline TA:  Zentralbl Veterinarmed A     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  492-500     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of General and Large Animal Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Follow-Up Studies
Horse Diseases / ultrasonography*
Inflammation / ultrasonography,  veterinary
Lameness, Animal / ultrasonography*
Ligaments / ultrasonography*
Tendinopathy / ultrasonography,  veterinary*

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