A Pain In The Neck: Literally

A surgical technique traditionally used for equine limb fractures has shown promise as a repair for horses with a specific type of broken neck. Fractures of cervical vertebra, which can occur from falls, often cause horses to be sore, stiff, and uncoordinated.

Dr. Fabrice Rossignol and colleagues tested the limb repair methodology on three horses with cervical fractures that were referred to Clinique Vétérinaire de Grosbois in Boissy Saint Leger. The surgery stabilized the affected neck bones with screws and plates; on one horse, two vertebra were fused to each other for additional stabilization.

All of the fractures healed and each horse returned to full work. The team concluded that using internal fixation measures on cervical fractures had minimal complications and a positive outcome.

Read more at EQUUS.

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