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Fibrotic or Ossifying Myopathy in Horses

Mecanical lameness caused by fibrotic or ossified scars in the hindquarter muscles.

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Fibrotic or ossifying myopathy is a mechanical lameness caused by improper healing of an old injury to a muscle belly. Scar tissue forms and the muscle loses its ability to stretch. The result is the appendage loses it's ability to move through the normal range of motion. There are several muscles in the horse that seem to be predisposed to this complication. Either term fibrotic myopathy or fibrotic myositis is correct and whether it is fibrotic or ossified depends on the age and extent of the injury.
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