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Carpal collateral ligament desmopathy in three horses
  1. L-M. Desmaizières, DMV1 and
  2. E. R. Cauvin, DMV, MSc, PhD, HDR, CertVetRadiol, DipECVS, MRCVS1
  1. 1Département Hippique, Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Lyon, 1 Avenue Bourgelat, F-69280 Marcy l’Etoile, France


The radiographic and ultrasonographic findings in three horses with severe damage to the collateral ligaments of the carpus, associated with degenerative joint disease, are described. The horses remained lame despite prolonged rest and medical management, primarily because of the progression of the joint disease. Ultrasonography was found to be an accurate method for diagnosing the injury to the ligaments and is recommended as part of a routine examination in suspected carpal injuries.

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  • Dr Desmaizières’ present address is Clinique Equine, Ecole National Vétérinaire de Toulouse, 23 Chemin des Capelles, F-31076 Toulouse cedex, France

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