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Which anatomical region determines a positive flexion test of the distal aspect of a forelimb in a nonlame horse?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20716196     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
REASONS FOR PERFORMING STUDY: The flexion test is used routinely as part of lameness and prepurchase examinations. However, little is known about the mechanisms that cause a positive response to a flexion test. OBJECTIVE: To determine which anatomical regions play a role in a positive outcome of a flexion test of the distal aspect of a forelimb in a nonlame horse. METHODS: Eight clinically sound Dutch Warmblood horses were subjected to a standardised flexion test (force 250 N, time 60 s) inducing a consistent lameness. To discriminate between different areas of the distal aspect of a forelimb, effects of various nerve blocks on the outcome of the flexion test were investigated. Low palmar digital, palmar at the abaxial aspects of the base of the proximal sesamoids, high palmar, ulnar and low 4-point nerve blocks were performed. Flexion test induced lameness was scored before and after each nerve block in separate sessions. RESULTS: The low palmar digital nerve blocks and nerve blocks of the palmar nerves at the abaxial aspect of the base of the proximal sesamoid bones had no significant effect on the flexion test induced lameness score. The ulnar, high palmar and, most dramatically, the low 4-point nerve blocks all caused a significant (P<0.05) reduction in the flexion test induced lameness score. CONCLUSIONS: Anatomical structures (soft tissue nor synovial structures) located distal to the metacarpophalangeal joint appear to contribute only minimally to the outcome of a positive flexion test of the distal aspect of a forelimb in a clinically nonlame horse. The structures in the region of, and including, the metacarpophalangeal joint appear to contribute most to a positive flexion test of the distal aspect of a forelimb in a nonlame horse. POTENTIAL RELEVANCE: The flexion test of the distal aspect of a forelimb may be sensitive for investigating the metacarpophalangeal joint region in horses free from lameness, but may be less relevant for structures distal to this region.
Authors:
C M Kearney; P R van Weeren; B P M Cornelissen; P den Boon; P A J Brama
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Equine veterinary journal     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0425-1644     ISO Abbreviation:  Equine Vet. J.     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-18     Completed Date:  2010-10-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0173320     Medline TA:  Equine Vet J     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  547-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Veterinary Clinical Studies, School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland. clodagh.kearney@ucd.ie
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Animals
Biomechanics
Forelimb / anatomy & histology*
Horses
Lameness, Animal / diagnosis*
Nerve Block / veterinary
Physical Examination / veterinary*
Range of Motion, Articular

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