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Treatment of medial condylar fractures of the third metatarsus in three horses with fibreglass casts under standing neuroleptanalgesia
  1. D. Lloyd, BVMS, CertES(Orth), MRCVS1,
  2. C. Johanson, BVMS, CertEP, MRCVS2 and
  3. T. J. Phillips, BVetMed, CertEP, CertEO, DESTS, DipECVS, MRCVS1
  1. 1 Liphook Equine Hospital, Forest Mere, Liphook, Hampshire GU30 7JG
  2. 2 Western Counties Equine Clinic, Culmstock, Cullompton, Devon EX15 3LA


Minimally displaced condylar fractures propagating into the third metatarsal diaphysis were treated conservatively in one thoroughbred and two Arabian racehorses. In each case a neuroleptanalgesic protocol provided adequate pain relief for a rigid fibreglass cast to be applied in a weight-bearing position. The fractures healed completely and the three horses recovered uneventfully. Two of them returned successfully to racing and the third was used for breeding.

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