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    01-12-2012, 07:06 PM
Torn extensor tendon? -- ultrasound pics!

At the end of October I noticed bumps on Starlites hind legs (both of them) - under hock/on top of cannon bone. There was no heat for the first few days, but then they felt warm. November 7th I brought her to the vet where he watched me lunge her, held up each leg for a minute and sent her off trotting and did an ultrasound. He said she had either a 'torn extensor tendon' or a 'torn extensor tendon sheath' - I can't remember which, but there are ultrasound pictures I'll post so I'm hoping some will be able to tell.

He told me she needed two months off, turnout in a small area so as to not encourage her to run around, stay out of deep footing and rub a topical cream (Surpass) on the bumps for a few weeks. So I did all that, turned her out in the round pen (about 50ft) during the day & she came in at night, she also stayed in when it was wet (deep mud). Two months later and she is not healed, there are still bumps (which I'm told may not go away) and still some heat. The bumps are smaller but still...there's heat. I am already in contact with a different vet and planning on getting more ultrasounds but was hoping for any opinions in the meantime. I'm slightly flipping out!

Bump on legs:


Any info/opinions/experiences will be appreciated!
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    01-12-2012, 09:15 PM
I'm no good at ultrasound images, but the thing that concerns me is that Surpass is for arthritis, not soft tissue damage. And you are wearing a thick, non-permeable glove when you apply it, right? That stuff's nasty. I think getting a second opinion would be a good idea....
    01-12-2012, 09:24 PM
Tendons are a real bugger, being near the hock, you really need to be wary of bone chips forming and as Bubba said, developing arthritis.

Are you able to get some xrays done as well as ultrasounds?
    01-12-2012, 11:29 PM
I've heard some mixed opinions yesterday that makes me think getting a second opinion may be a very good idea. I'd like to get xrays but was hoping I could wait until the spring. I'm scared to find out how much more ultrasounds are going to cost, especially with the farm call since I trailered her last time but the roads are going to be getting bad soon.
    01-13-2012, 08:55 PM
Bumping up! Any opinions appreciated!
    01-13-2012, 09:07 PM
No real help but my gelding had fractured his ankle and tore tendons as a yearling. He has similar bumps that have never gone away, he is six years old now. My biggest concern was the "fluid" still in the joint but the vet said the same thing, rub Surpass on the joint and bute. He has been on and off sound since the injury(s) and I suppose always will. If he does something stupid in the pasture it will get inflamed, a little warm, he will be lame for a bit a need some time off again. I hope for your sake that isn't the case with your mare! Like I said, no real help, just to say that I was told a similar treatment for him.


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