Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Extensor tendon: laceration

Contributor(s): Chris Whitton, Jane Boswell

Introduction

  • Extensor tendon lacerations are relatively common injuries due to the nature of horses and the superficial location of the tendons on the limbs.
  • Cause: lacerations are usually associated with a traumatic wound to the dorsal aspect of the limb  arising from a kick or injury on wire, metal, glass or other sharp objects.
  • Signs: visible wound; depends on site of tendon transection.
  • Diagnosis: gait analysis, palpation, ultrasonography, radiography.
  • Treatment: surgery, immobilization.
  • Prognosis: good for return to athletic function.
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Diagnosis

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