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Effects of superior check desmotomy on flexor tendon and suspensory ligament strain in equine cadaver limbs

Alexander, G.R., Gibson, K.T., Day, R.E. and Robertson, I.D. (2001) Effects of superior check desmotomy on flexor tendon and suspensory ligament strain in equine cadaver limbs. Veterinary Surgery, 30 (6). pp. 522-527.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1053/jvet.2001.28433
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Abstract

To measure the effects of transection of the accessory ligament of the superficial digital flexor (SDF) muscle (superior check desmotomy) on flexor tendon and suspensory ligament (SL) strain in vitro. Study Design - In vitro experimental biomechanical investigation. Animals Used - Ten equine cadaver forelimbs. Methods - The effects of superior check desmotomy were determined using equine cadaver forelimbs secured in a servocontrolled hydraulic testing machine. Strain sensors were used to measure strain on the superficial and deep digital flexor tendons and SL, and a goniometer was used to measure joint angles when the limb was loaded at 890 N and 3,115 N before desmotomy, and at 3,115 N after desmotomy. Results - Superior check desmotomy was associated with significantly increased strains on the SDF tendon and SL, and significant alterations in the angles of the metacarpophalangeal and carpal joints. Conclusions - The superior check ligament has an important role in maintaining joint angles and load distribution in the forelimb. Lengthening of the SDF musculotendinous unit after superior check desmotomy may be associated with increased strain on the SL. Clinical Relevance - Transection of the accessory ligament of the SDF muscle may predispose horses to SL desmitis postoperatively.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: W. B. Saunders Co., Ltd.
Copyright: © 2001 by The American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/17040
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