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Equine Digital Flexor Tendon Sheath Injuries

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The digital flexor tendon sheath (DFTS) is far more complex than what one equine surgeon gathered in vet school. The additional details he’s discovered in practice have been crucial to his success in diagnosing and treating pathology—disease or damage—to this structure.

The DFTS is more than just the synovial casing that surrounds the flexor tendons as they course around the bottom third of the cannon bone and the fetlock joint and disperse throughout the pastern region, said Florent David, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS & ECVS, Dipl. ACVSMR, ECVDI Assoc., specialist in Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Diagnostic Imaging at the Equine Veterinary Medical Center, in Doha, Qatar. He reviewed the anatomy and described how he diagnoses and treats closed DFTS injuries at the 2019 Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners Symposium, held Sept. 25-27 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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