Thoroughpin

Diseases and conditions image
Diseases and conditions image EquiMed

Also Known As

Idiopathis Tenosynovitis, Leg blemish, Swelling in tendons of hind limbs

Description

When a tendon in the horse's hind leg is injured or stressed, a swelling in the tendon sheath can develop. In the case of thoroughpin, this it appears as a soft, boggy prominence on the outside of the hock at, or below, the joint.

Thoroughpin is considered a minor problem that involves distension of the synovial bursa of the tendons in the hind limb. It is considered a blemish and doesn't affect the actions or health of the limb.

Symptoms

  • Swelling of the synovial bursa of the tendon

Causes

The cause of thoroughpin may be a minor injury or a breakdown of tissues that causes fluids to build up in the bursa.

Treatment

Given the nature of the swelling, treatment is usually not necessary. Some veterinarians may recommend draining the fluid, but this is done mostly for cosmetic reasons. Thoroughpin is a recurring and ongoing problem, but usually does not affect the work schedule of the horse.

Dig Deeper

This section contains articles specially selected by EquiMed staff for visitors wanting more information about this disease or condition. These articles are copyrighted by their respective owners and are available to you courtesy of EquiMed

About the Author

EquiMed Staff

EquiMed staff writers team up to provide articles that require periodic updates based on evolving methods of equine healthcare. Compendia articles, core healthcare topics and more are written and updated as a group effort. Our review process includes an important veterinarian review, helping to assure the content is consistent with the latest understanding from a medical professional.

Comments

Subscribe