Open Veterinary Journal

Open Veterinary Journal

Peer-Reviewed Journal 
ISSN 2218-6050 (Online), ISSN 2226-4485 (Print) 

"Original Article"

Power Doppler to investigate superficial digital flexor tendinopathy in the horse

Luca Lacitignola*, Santovito Rossella, De Luca Pasquale and Antonio Crovace

Dipartimento dell’Emergenza e dei Trapianti di Organi (D.E.T.O.), Sezione di Cliniche Veterinarie e P.A, Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”, s.p. per Casamassima Km 3, 70010. Valenzano, BARI, Italy


Background: Recent advances in tendinopathy research have focused on tendon vascularization detected with Color Doppler (CD) ultrasound. The use of CD has also been described in horses in a study on chronic lesions of superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) and suspensory ligament.

Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate the occurrence and distribution of Power Doppler (PD) signal in horses with superficial digital flexor tendinopathy.

Methods: Twenty-two horses with tendinopathy were included and ten healthy horses with no lameness and no ultrasonographic abnormalities used for comparison.

Results: In all horses with tendinopathy PD signal was visible while normal tendons with no abnormalities in B-mode were PD signal-free.

Conclusion: We can speculate that PD could provide essential information about the healing process than the greyscale US.

Keywords: Horse, Power doppler, SDFT, Tendinopathy.

Cite this paper:

Lacitignola, L., Rossella, S., Pasquale, D.L. and Crovace, A. 2019. Power Doppler to investigate superficial digital flexor tendinopathy in the horse. Open Vet. J. 9(4), 317-321.