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Nonsurgical treatment of suprascapular nerve injury in horses: 8 cases (1988-1998).
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PMID:  10363099     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To determine the outcome of horses with suprascapular nerve injury treated with stall rest alone. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. ANIMALS: 8 horses. PROCEDURE: Information on signalment, history, limbs affected, severity of lameness, degree of muscle atrophy, gait abnormalities, and results of radiography and electromyography was obtained from medical records. All horses were treated with stall rest. Follow-up information on severity of lameness, gait abnormalities, degree of muscle atrophy, time between injury and resolution of gait abnormalities, and outcome was obtained during reexamination at the hospital or through telephone conversations with owners. RESULTS: In 4 horses, the injury was a result of trauma; in the other 4, the injury was suspected to be a result of trauma. All horses had pronounced instability of the shoulder joint during the weight-bearing phase. Follow-up information was available for 7 horses. Shoulder joint instability resolved in all 7 horses within 3 to 12 months (mean, 7.4 months) after the original injury. Two horses had complete return of the supraspinatus and infraspinatus muscle mass 15 and 18 months after the injury. Two horses used as broodmares before the injury and 4 of 5 horses used for riding or in race training before the injury were able to return to preinjury activities. CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Horses with suprascapular nerve injury treated with stall rest alone have a good prognosis for recovery of normal gait and return to performance; however, the recovery period may be prolonged.
D M Dutton; C M Honnas; J P Watkins
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association     Volume:  214     ISSN:  0003-1488     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Vet. Med. Assoc.     Publication Date:  1999 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-08-09     Completed Date:  1999-08-09     Revised Date:  2003-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503067     Medline TA:  J Am Vet Med Assoc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1657-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station 77843-4475, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Electromyography / veterinary
Follow-Up Studies
Horses / injuries*
Joint Instability / etiology,  veterinary
Muscular Atrophy / etiology,  veterinary
Peripheral Nerves / injuries*
Retrospective Studies
Scapula / injuries,  innervation*
Shoulder Joint / injuries,  innervation,  radiography
Treatment Outcome
Wounds and Injuries / complications,  therapy,  veterinary

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