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post #1 of 4 Old 08-18-2011, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Can Something else be Mistaken for Hind Suspensories?

My horse has gotten a hind suspensory, or at least that was the diagnosis. Can anything be mistaken for a hind suspensory? We got him MRIed and the vet showed us the abnormal tissue, there was no scar tissue meaning it was recent. Can it be absolutely positive that is was a hind suspensory? If it turns out not to be one I might get to keep my horse so your opinions and knowledge are greatly appreciated! Otherwise my horse has to go. Thanks!

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I assume by 'gotten a hind suspensory' you mean an injury.

You can always take your horse for a second opinion.
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-19-2011, 11:42 AM
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My horse has gotten a hind suspensory, or at least that was the diagnosis. Can anything be mistaken for a hind suspensory?
Short answer is, maybe... leaning towards no.

An injury to the superficial digital flexor tendon can replicate some of the symptoms of a suspensory injury if the problem occurs promixal the point of interrosseus bifurcation. This would typically be trauma, rather than strain, related. An injury distal the fetlock and to the proximal digital annular ligament could also replicate some of the lameness symptoms of a suspensory injury. Other possibilities may include the abaxial pastern ligaments.

Most suspensory injuries occur unilaterally in either the medial or lateral branches of the suspensory ligament, distal the point of bifurcation.

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We got him MRIed and the vet showed us the abnormal tissue, there was no scar tissue meaning it was recent.
An MRI is fairly definitive so, the vet's diagnosis is likely correct.

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Can it be absolutely positive that is was a hind suspensory?
Absolutes are rare as chicken teeth in diagnostics of internal structures of a living creature but yeah, given the MRI results, it is unlikely the problem is something other than what the vet diagnosed.

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If it turns out not to be one I might get to keep my horse so your opinions and knowledge are greatly appreciated! Otherwise my horse has to go. Thanks!
A suspensory injury, dependent upon severity, is not always a death sentence. It simply means your horse's condition/prognosis is guarded and will require management and a tincture of time to address. Horses do recover from these type of injuries; again, dependent upon severity.

Do you have specifics of the diagnosis? Was a treatment protocol recommended?

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A suspensory injury, dependent upon severity, is not always a death sentence. It simply means your horse's condition/prognosis is guarded and will require management and a tincture of time to address. Horses do recover from these type of injuries; again, dependent upon severity.
Mark makes a great point here.
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