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Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 1999 Apr;15(1):103-12, vii.

Osseous spinal pathology.

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  • 1Department of Biomedical Sciences, New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA.


Pathologic changes have been observed at the spinous processes, intervertebral articulations, and sacroiliac joints in horses. Varying severity of degenerative articular changes are found in many articular processes, intertransverse, lumbosacral, and sacroiliac joints. Pathologic lesions tend to affect multiple vertebral locations within a specimen. Further studies need to be conducted to evaluate the clinical significance of the numerous vertebral and pelvic pathologic findings found in a sample of Thoroughbred racehorses that died because of unrelated injuries. Increased knowledge of osseous pathology inherent in equine athletes will enhance our understanding of the etiopathogenesis of spinal disorders and back pain in horses.

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