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Metacarpus - metatarsus: radiology

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Indications for radiography

Radiography allows assessment of osseous and soft tissue structures of the MC/MT   Forelimb: radiography   Hindlimb: radiography  .

  • Lameness/pathology localized to the metacarpal/metatarsal (=cannon) region.
  • Trauma, eg kick injuries, penetrating wounds.
  • Suspected fracture   MC / MT 2 and 4: fracture    MC / MT 3: fracture  .
  • Investigation of soft tissue swelling.

Radiographic technique and evaluation

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Radiography anatomy

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Radiographic interpretation

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Additional studies

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Bassage L & Richardson D (1998) Longitudinal fractures of the condyles of the third metacarpal and metatarsal bones in racehorses: 224 cases (1986-1995). JAVMA 212, 1757-1764 PubMed.
  • Dyson S (1991) Proximal suspensory desmitis: clinical, radiographic and ultrasonographic features in 42 horses. Equine Vet J 23, 25-31 PubMed.
  • Verschooten F, Gasthuys F & DeMoor A (1984) Distal splint bone fractures in the horse: An experimental and clinical study. Equine Vet J 16, 532-536 PubMed.
  • Rick M C, OBrien T R, Pool R R & Meagher D (1983) Condylar fractures of the third metatarsal bone in 75 horses: Radiographic features, treatments and outcome. JAVMA 183, 287-296 PubMed.
  • Bowman K F & Fackelman G E (1982) Surgical treatment of complicated fractures of the splint bones in the horse. Vet Surg 11, 121-124.

Other sources of information

  • Nunamaker D M & Provost M T (1992) The bucked shin complex revisited. Proc AAEP 37, 549.

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