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Equine Practice
An approach to hindlimb lameness 5. Ancillary diagnostic aids
  1. Sue Dyson

    Sue Dyson graduated from Cambridge in 1980. She completed an internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and then spent a year in private equine practice in Pennsylvania before returning to the UK to take up a clinical orthopaedic position in the Equine Centre of the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket. She gained a PhD for a thesis on equine lameness diagnosis and was awarded fellowship of the RCVS for a thesis on shoulder lameness in the horse. She holds the RCVS diploma in equine orthopaedics. Her special interests include equine lameness diagnosis and diagnostic imaging. Dr Dyson is currently president of the British Equine Veterinary Association.


IN the majority of cases of hindlimb lameness, a comprehensive clinical examination, with or without the use of diagnostic local analgesia, should enable the clinician to localise pain to an area. The purpose of this article is to highlight the uses and limitations of a variety of ancillary diagnostic aids which can be used in order to reach a definitive diagnosis. There are also some cases of hindlimb gait abnormalities which are neurological in origin, where specific laboratory tests are useful to confirm the diagnosis.

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