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Magnetic resonance imaging assisted management in five cases of suspected quittor

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-82
JournalVeterinary and comparative orthopaedics and traumatology : V.C.O.T
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Assessment of the usefulness of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in treatment planning in suspected cases of quittor in the horse.

METHODS: Five horses with chronic discharging tracts at the level of the foot underwent MRI for treatment planning.

RESULTS: The MRI examination revealed variable involvement of soft tissue and osseous structures of the foot in addition to abnormalities of the ungular cartilages in all cases. In two cases, follow-up MRI examination was performed. Four of five horses had a successful outcome, with three of these undergoing only one surgical procedure and one being managed medically.

CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE: We believe that the use of preoperative MRI facilitated accurate determination of the structures involved in cases of quittor, guiding the management, surgical approach and postoperative therapy.

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