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Inferior Check Ligament Injury

Ultrasound of a Horse with Ligament Injury

28-Year-Old Retired Quarter Horse Gelding

Horse came up acutely lame in pasture one day.

On initial presentation, severe swelling in the proximal palmarolateral metacarpal region.

Ultrasound examination confirmed desmitis of the ICL. The ligament showed an increase in the cross-sectional area and had diffuse hypoechogenicity.

Initial treatment included stall confinement, icing, anti-inflammatories, bandaging, and acoustic shock wave treatments.

Current Status: Horse is sound at the walk and returned to pasture.