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J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1991 Mar 1;198(5):877-9.

Surgical treatment of sacral fracture in a horse.

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  • 1Department of Large Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens 30602.


An 8-year-old Arabian stallion had signs of severe tailhead pruritus and slowly progressive loss of tail tone for 3 months. Palpation per rectum and radiography of the sacrocaudal region revealed a transverse, ventrally displaced fracture of the caudal portion of the sacrum. Surgical decompression and tail amputation resulted in complete recovery of athletic and reproductive function. Evidence of cauda equina neuritis was not seen on histologic examination of nerve roots obtained at surgery.

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