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J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1986 Dec 15;189(12):1604-6.

Surgical management of chronic laminitis in horses: 13 cases (1983-1985).


Thirteen horses with chronic refractory laminitis were evaluated and treated. In each horse, deep digital flexor tenotomy was performed on all affected limbs at the level of the midpastern. Five horses returned to limited athletic endeavors, 6 horses improved and were comfortable on pasture, 1 horse improved clinically, but was euthanatized for economic reasons, and 1 horse improved, but deteriorated 9 months after surgery and was euthanatized. Results of this study indicated that deep digital flexor tenotomy at the level of the midpastern can be used effectively as a salvage procedure in horses with chronic refractory laminitis.

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