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Vacuum phenomenon in equine carpal, metacarpophalangeal and metatarsophalangeal joints

R.D. Gottschalk, R.M. Kirberger, S.L. Fourie
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 70, No 1 | a742 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jsava.v70i1.742 | © 1999 R.D. Gottschalk, R.M. Kirberger, S.L. Fourie | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 July 1999 | Published: 12 July 1999

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In order to establish the incidence of vacuum phenomenon in horses' carpal, metacarpophalangeal and metatarsophalangeal joints, stress-flexed radiographs were madeof normal joints, joints withknownpathology and in anaesthetised horses with joints under traction. Focal intra-articular radiolucencies were identified in normal stress-flexed carpal, metacarpophalangeal and metatarsophalangeal joints. These radiolucencies can be confused with those associated with pathological conditions.


Equine; Joint; Radiograph; Vacuum Phenomenon


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