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Alan Ruggles, Jeffrey Watkins

Executive Editor

Jörg Auer

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Distal physeal fractures

Fracture characteristics

Distal physeal fractures are rare and develop secondary to strong bending forces applied to the region of the physis. An alternate cause could be a blow to the lateral aspect of the carpal region or the foal’s leg being entrapped.


Clinical signs

The foal presents with lameness and instability in the region of the carpus. There may be variable degree of soft-tissue swelling in the carpal region and a palpable fracture gap may be palpable.