Oct 8, 2013

Superficial digital flexor tendonitis in cutting horses: 19 cases (2007-2011)

Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Tyler E TiptonD Reese Hand


To characterize superficial digital flexor (SDF) tendon lesions in the forelimbs of cutting horses and determine recurrence rate and prognosis for this condition. Retrospective case series. 19 cutting horses with SDF tendonitis. Medical records for horses evaluated for SDF tendonitis in 2007 through 2011 were reviewed. Data regarding age, sex, lameness grade, affected limb, and treatment were collected. Ultrasonographic images were reviewed, and lesion characteristics were recorded. Follow-up telephone interviews with owners or trainers were conducted to determine recurrence of SDF tendonitis, return of horse to its previous level of activity, and duration of the convalescent period. All 19 horses initially evaluated for SDF tendonitis had similar lesions in the lateral aspect of the tendon. The right forelimb was affected in 11 horses, and the left forelimb was affected in 7 horses; 1 horse was affected in both forelimbs. Mean lameness grade was 1.26 (range, 0 to 3). Of 17 horses for which follow-up information was available, 3 had recurrence of tendon lesions and 1 developed a lesion in the contralateral forelimb SDF tendon; 16 horses returned to their previous level of activity. The location of SDF tendonitis in cutting hors...Continue Reading

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Mentioned in this Paper

Flexor (Anatomical Coordinate)
Recurrent Malignant Neoplasm
Claudication (Finding)
Lameness, Animal
Right Upper Extremity
Limb Structure
Recurrence (Disease Attribute)
Wound Healing

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