CONGENITAL SCOLIOSIS IN A QUARTER HORSE FILLY

Authors

  • DAVID WONG,

    1. Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Veterinary Microbiology and Preventative Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011.
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  • KRISTINA MILES,

    1. Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Veterinary Microbiology and Preventative Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011.
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  • BRETT SPONSELLER

    1. Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Veterinary Microbiology and Preventative Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011.
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Address correspondence and reprint requests to David Wong, at the above address. E-mail: dwong@iastate.edu

Abstract

A 4-week old Quarter Horse filly was evaluated for abnormal gait and lateral deviation of the cervical spine. Physical examination findings prompted radiographs and computed tomography of the thoracic vertebral column which revealed hypoplasia of several thoracic vertebral bodies and resultant scoliosis of the thoracic vertebral column and deviation of the left and right hemithoraces and associated ribs. Collectively, radiography and computed tomography provided an accurate description of the vertebral malformations resulting in scoliosis in this foal.

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