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Fracture of Carpal Bone Chip & Slab

Fractures of the small bones in the carpus (incorrectly called the knee) are very common because of overload of the front surfaces of the bone during intense galloping.

The key is early recognition and removal of fragments before the cycle of chronic arthritis sets in and irreparable damage is done to the joint. Even tiny fractures cause an intense inflammatory process in the joint, which rapidly destroys cartilage and inflames the joint. A cycle of joint inflammation and destruction follows.

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP


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