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A novel radiographic projection for the detection of a scapula body fracture in a Thoroughbred foal
  • Virginio Santalucia,
  • Robert Hunt,
  • Molly Murphy
Virginio Santalucia
Washington State University

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Robert Hunt
Hagyard Equine Medical Institute
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Molly Murphy
Texas A&M University
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This case report describes the clinical and diagnostic imaging findings, treatment, and outcome of a three-month-old Thoroughbred foal referred for the evaluation of severe left forelimb lameness and presents the acquisition of a novel radiographic projection of the scapula used to achieve the diagnosis. No abnormalities were found with the standard radiographic examination of the left shoulder. Ultrasound and a dorsal 45° lateral‐ventral lateral oblique radiographic view were performed to evaluate the body of the left scapula. A longitudinal, minimally displaced fracture of the infraspinous fossa was diagnosed with this projection that was not detected in the routine projections. Ultrasound was used in conjunction to confirm the diagnosis, assess the displacement of the fracture in the frontal plane, and evaluate soft tissue damage. The foal was treated conservatively with anti-inflammatory drugs and stall rest. A radiographic follow-up and clinical reassessment were performed, and the horse appeared sound, no atrophy of the region was appreciated, and no radiographic abnormalities were found.
30 Jan 2023Submitted to Equine Veterinary Education
31 Jan 2023Submission Checks Completed
31 Jan 2023Assigned to Editor
05 Feb 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
09 Mar 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
10 Mar 2023Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
28 Jul 20231st Revision Received
28 Jul 2023Submission Checks Completed
28 Jul 2023Assigned to Editor
29 Jul 2023Editorial Decision: Accept