Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences (ASVS)(ISSN: 2582-3183)

Case Report Volume 2 Issue 5

Thoracic Synostosis Associated with Secondary Scoliosis in Arabian Horse Foal

Ahmed F Almomany1 and Musa A Alshehabat2

1Equine Surgery Resident, So-Cal Equine Hospital, California, Norco, USA
2Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan

*Corresponding Author: Musa A Alshehabat, Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan.

Received: March 20, 2020; Published: April 29, 2020



  Congenital or acquired skeletal malformations of the vertebral column of horses are very rare in horses. Thoracic synostosis associated with scoliosis is a rare condition in equine practice. Synostosis is fusion of two or more bones while scoliosis is lateral curvature of the spine. We are reporting thoracic synostosis associated with scoliosis in an Arabian filly. Physical examination revealed obvious deviation of the thoracic section to the left side. Observational gait analysis did not show any gross abnormalities. Neurological examination showed no neurological deficits in the fore or the hind limbs. Radiography was essential to characterize the malformations which showed synostosis of the thoracic vertebrae (T11, T12 and T13). Follow up evaluation of the foal, in six months, did not demonstrate any worsening in gait or neurological status and showed the filly is still ambulating normally. The owner instructed not to ride or work the presented foal. Furthermore, owner was instructed not to breed the foal.

Keywords:Thoracic; Synostosis; Scoliosis; Arabian Foal



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Citation: Ahmed F Almomany and Musa A Alshehabat. “Thoracic Synostosis Associated with Secondary Scoliosis in Arabian Horse Foal”. Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 2.5 (2020): 05-07.


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