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cindy mette
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Username: Cindylou

Post Number: 48
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Wednesday, Feb 23, 2005 - 8:05 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have read what I can find on bone cysts, but a horse in my barn was just diagnosed with a navicular bone cyst via xrays. The reccomendation from the vet was no more jumping- as she feels the horse could break the navicular bone. I have another vet saying this isn't so. Can you point me in the direction of more information regarding this? I sure would appreciate it. Thank you!!
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Username: Dro

Post Number: 12164
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Thursday, Feb 24, 2005 - 9:08 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Unfortunately Cindy there is no standard bone cyst diagnosis. Such cysts vary in their size, location, and make up. All of these factors influence the prognosis. Are navicular bone cysts in general going to significantly increase the chance of fracture: No. Could I imagine a cyst so big that it might worry me this is possible: yes. So there is not standardized information that I can give out here. If they are worried about the vet's recommendations I recommend they send the case history and radioraphs to a equine radiologist with orthopedic surgery support for evaluation.
DrO
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cindy mette
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Post Number: 49
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Sunday, Feb 27, 2005 - 10:44 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thank you Dr. O. I am trying to get a vet at MSU to view the xrays and give an opinion. He specializes in navicular and hoof issues. Thank you for your help. Also- is there any articles on what may cuase these cysts? I did read in this thread someone concluding it was the lack of copper I think? My farrier feels a navicular cyst could be caused by years of improper trims. This horse is very heavy on his feet. I wonder if that had any influence. Could a cyst be a type of cancer, as in humans?
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Post Number: 12190
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Posted on Monday, Feb 28, 2005 - 6:28 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

The cysts can be either a devlopmental problem (see Equine Diseases Lameness Joint & Bone Diseases OCD and DOD in Horses or the result of trauma and poor healing. This includes the accumulation of many small traumas over the years so yes both improper trimming and extra stress from weight or way of going could promote a cyst.
DrO
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KC
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Username: Kcovell

Post Number: 66
Registered: 8-2004
Posted on Monday, Feb 28, 2005 - 7:07 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello Cindy & Dr. O
I barrel race and my horse has a cyst on her navicular bone. I took her to a vet that deals mainly with race horses and legs to get this diagnosis. We tried injections, but they did not help her lameness so I had her nerved. I know the majority of people do not agree with nerving a horse, but I have had no problems and at this time she is running barrels and winning money.
I do take her back for check ups, but so far everything is alright.
I'm not saying this would work for this horse as I am not a vet and my horses cyst could be different in size and placement from the horse in your barn.
I will recommend that the horse be taken to a vet that deals mainly in leg and hoof problems.
KC
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cindy mette
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Username: Cindylou

Post Number: 50
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Monday, Feb 28, 2005 - 3:01 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Thank you KC I will pass your experiance on to her. Her biggest concern is as she is an eventer--could he break a bone going over a large jump. That is her biggest worry. We are trying to get some specific advise from a vet who deals with hoof and navicular problems. Thank you again for your feedback!
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