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A preliminary investigation of the effect of selected electromagnetic field devices on healing of cannon bone osteotomies in horses.

Authors
  • Sanders-Shamis, M
  • Bramlage, L R
  • Weisbrode, S E
  • Gabel, A A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Equine veterinary journal
Publication Date
May 01, 1989
Volume
21
Issue
3
Pages
201–205
Identifiers
PMID: 2731509
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The effect of electrical stimulation by means of selected electromagnetic field devices on healing of cannon bone osteotomies in horses was examined. The defects were created as 3 cm x 1 mm longitudinal osteotomies through the dorsal cortices of the mid-metacarpi/metatarsi of adult horses. This type of defect would asses bone healing in a situation similar to an acute, stable fracture of the cortex. Three electromagnetic devices of different design were tested in three different groups of horses. Healing was evaluated radiographically and histologically. Results showed that osteotomies treated with the electromagnetic devices healed similarly to untreated controls. Our conclusion is that the electromagnetic devices studied did not have a local effect on the repair process of an acute, stable, osseous defect.

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