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Posted on 12-28-2015

The Humble Bungee Cord Scores in Veterinary Medicine

 This mare presented to Harrison Equine with a chronic wound of the  fetlock and extensor tendon in a hind limb. Several attempts at repair  had failed and the defect contained damaged granulation tissue.  Excessive granulation tissue development during wound healing occurs  only in horses (proud flesh) and humans (keloid).

 As this mare had no extensor tendon function, she frequently hyper-  flexed the joint and destroyed the granulation tissue bed, which is  necessary for skin growth over the wound. Unfortunately, granulation  tissue does not stretch and is very susceptible to trauma. We arranged  for Zach Shoop, a local farrier (www.zchfarrier.com), to fit a shoe with a  ring at the toe. We then used a bungee cord to mimic the function of the  extensor tendon.

 The stabilized defect should now be able to fill in with granulation  tissue, a prerequisite for normal skin growth.

Will keep you posted!

Ian Harrison, BVSc

Romy E Walker said:

Your talents never cease to amaze me and many others. Another job so well done. Thank you.

2015-12-28 11:47:08

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