Ultrasonography of the fractured equine pelvis

Author(s): Sarah Boys Smith

Hospital: Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons

Reference: RAD Magazine, 48, 565, 13-14


Pelvic trauma in horses is not uncommon and can result from a monotonic failure of the bone or be stress induced. Fractures of the pelvis in non-racehorses are mostly traumatic in origin and are the result of either a fall or potentially a kick injury. The type of fracture will depend upon the energy and velocity of the force that the bone has been subjected to. Thoroughbred racehorses are more susceptible to stress fractures with the pelvis being one of the main predilection sites for this type of injury.

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