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Vet Surg. 1987 Sep-Oct;16(5):352-7.

Arthroscopic examination of the femorotibial joints of horses.

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  • 1Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Zagazig University, Egypt.


A technique for satisfactory arthroscopic examination of the lateral and medial femorotibial joints of the horse is described. The entry portal is made between the middle and medial patellar ligaments with the horse on its back and the stifle flexed. This position allows easy access to view the intercondylar eminence of the tibia. From this reference point, examination of all but the most caudal and medial structures of the joints are possible by manipulating the sleeve and telescope and maintaining joint distention. In a series of 20 examinations, iatrogenic trauma was recognized only once.

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