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Pastern Lameness in Horses
Next to the hoof the most common area of lameness in exercising horses is probably the pastern and fetlock region. Though many causes of lameness in this region are easily seen and diagnosed, lameness originating from here that is difficult to localize on the physical exam is readily localized with the use of perineural anesthesia (nerve blocks), for more information. Careful use of nerve blocks can further localize and differentiate lameness originating from the pastern and fetlock and can further define intraarticular and intrasynovial pain from the other causes of lameness. Careful use of regional anesthesia may even localize the pain from particular structures. This article discusses the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of the causes of lameness from these areas.
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~Last Updated: April 17, 2011;
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