On the classification of radiological changes in septic arthritis of the distal interphalangeal joint in cattle: Comparison of two scoring systems

By Kofler, J. and Stanek, C., Wiener Tierarztliche Monatsschrift, 1995
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The radiological changes of 184 cases of septic arthritis of the distal interphalangeal joint in 182 cattle were analysed in a retrospective study (1985 - 1995). Age, sex and breed of the animals, affected limb, primary disease and grade of lameness were evaluated and correlated with the severity of the radiological changes. Widening of the joint space and osteolysis predominantly of the distal phalanx and the sesamoidal bone are the first signs of septic arthritis, followed by periosteal reactions mainly on the middle phalanx. Two classification systems basing on extent of osteolytic changes and periosteal reactions are compared
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