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J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1985 Mar 15;186(6):565-7.

Semitendinosus tenotomy for treatment of fibrotic myopathy in the horse.


The medical records and follow-up data for 4 horses with fibrotic myopathy of the semitendinosus muscle treated by semitendinosus tenotomy were reviewed. The gait deficit for each of the 4 horses was typical of fibrotic myopathy. Two of the horses had the gait deficit since birth. The efficacy of semitendinosus tenotomy was compared with the traditional treatment of partial myotenectomy of the affected muscle. The functional results in the 4 horses appeared to be equal to partial myotenectomy in returning the horses to athletic function and, compared with what has been reported, was cosmetically superior.

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