Changes in mineralised tissue at the site of origin of condylar fracture are present before athletic training in Thoroughbred horses

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-283
Journal / PublicationNew Zealand Veterinary Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


Aim: To show that changes are present at the site of origin of metacarpal condylar fracture in young Thoroughbred horses before they enter race training. Method: Bone slices, 2 mm thick, in three mediolateral planes through the centre of rotation of the metacarpo-phalangeal joint (MCPJ) of both distal third metacarpal bones (Mc3) of 12 Thoroughbred horses aged 17 months, were imaged using point-projection digital X-ray imaging (µXR). Results: In some horses, linear or ovoid radiolucency was found in articular calcified cartilage (ACC) and subchondral bone of the palmaro-distal aspect of the sagittal groove, exactly at the site of more advanced stages of condylar fatigue fracture. An incidental finding was ovoid radiolucency in the apex of the dorso-distal aspect of the sagittal ridge, with or without fragmentation or disturbance of the subchondral mineralised tissue line, resembling equine osteochondrosis. Conclusions And Clinical Relevance: The findings imply that the aetiology of condylar fatigue fracture in young Thoroughbred horses includes abnormality in development of the bone and joint that is present before athletic activity occurs.

Research Area(s)

  • Bone development, Calcified cartilage, Condyle, Equine, Fatigue fracture, Osteochondrosis, Subchondral bone