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Inferior Check Ligament Strains or Tears

Synonyms: Accessory Ligament Deep Digital Flexor Tendon Desmitis (ALDDFT)

Injuries to the inferior check ligament are relatively uncommon. They generally appear as mild to moderate lameness with possible mild swelling in the back of the mid-cannon region of the lower limb. In other cases, the signs can be very subtle and only diagnosable using ultrasound or advanced diagnostics.

Ultrasound is the most useful diagnostic for diagnosis of this condition and to assess severity and healing.

Treatment is the same as other flexor tendon injuries.

QUESTIONS TO ASK MY VET

  • How did you reach this diagnosis?
  • What is the likelihood of recurrence given the amount of work I expect from the horse?
  • PREVENTION

    Prevention involves adequate conditioning and training, good hoof care and shoeing. Select horses of good conformation and suitability for your intended use.

    Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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