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Rib fracture as a cause of hindlimb lameness in a horse
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  • Pablo Jimenez Rihuete,
  • Simon Staempfli,
  • Mathew Watterhouse,
  • Luis M. Rubio Martinez
Pablo Jimenez Rihuete
Sussex Equine Hospital Ltd

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Simon Staempfli
Sussex Equine Hospital Ltd
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Mathew Watterhouse
Sussex Equine Hospital Ltd
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Luis M. Rubio Martinez
Sussex Equine Hospital Ltd
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A 2-year-old racing Thoroughbred gelding in training was presented with moderate (6/10) right hindlimb lameness unresponsive to regional anaesthesia of the right hind limb. Gamma scintigraphic examination revealed severe, focal, increased radio-pharmaceutical uptake over the dorsal aspect of the right 18th rib, which had an abnormal contour. Ultrasonographic examination of this area confirmed the presence of a complete, displaced fracture of the proximal aspect of the right 18th rib. Local infiltration with local anaesthetic around the 18th right rib (10ml cranial and 10ml caudal to the fracture site) abolished the right hindlimb lameness. A diagnosis of rib fracture causing moderate ipsilateral hindlimb lameness was made. The horse returned to walking exercise after 12 weeks of rest and was reported to be sound on the same limb 12 months after presentation. Caudal rib fractures should be considered as possible cause of hind limb lameness. Local diagnostic anaesthesia around the fracture site can aid localise the origin of lameness.
27 Feb 2023Submitted to Equine Veterinary Education
28 Feb 2023Submission Checks Completed
28 Feb 2023Assigned to Editor
01 Mar 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
16 Mar 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
17 Mar 2023Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
13 Jul 20231st Revision Received
14 Jul 2023Assigned to Editor
14 Jul 2023Submission Checks Completed
17 Jul 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
18 Jul 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
27 Jul 2023Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
21 Aug 20232nd Revision Received
21 Aug 2023Submission Checks Completed
21 Aug 2023Assigned to Editor
22 Aug 2023Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
25 Sep 20233rd Revision Received
25 Sep 2023Submission Checks Completed
25 Sep 2023Assigned to Editor
25 Sep 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
25 Sep 2023Editorial Decision: Accept