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Diseases of the Sesamoid Bone in Horses
The sesamoid bones are an integral part of the suspensory apparatus helping to support the fetlock and pastern. They are embedded in the suspensory ligaments and articulate onto the back of the distal cannon. During flexion and extension they move up and down and help redirect the force of the suspensory ligaments around the fetlock. There are several common diseases of the suspensory and sesamoid bones. Of special interest is the radiographic diagnosis of sesamoiditis in the front and hind fetlocks of yearling Thoroughbred survey films, taken as part of a pre sale evaluation. Sesamoiditis has been shown to be the most common radiographic abnormality of front and hind fetlocks of yearling Thoroughbred survey films. The purpose of this study was to evaluate survey radiographs of yearlings. The radiographic findings were then correlated with the number of starts, total earnings, and average earnings per start for the 2- and 3-year-old years. This article describes the results of this study, conditions of the sesamoid bones, and their diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.
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~Last Updated: April 17, 2011;
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