Ceratohyoidectomy for treatment of equine temporohyoid osteoarthopathy (15 cases). Academic Article uri icon


  • This study investigated 15 horses diagnosed with temporohyoid osteoarthopathy (THO) and treated by ceratohyoidectomy between 2004 and 2012. The presenting complaint, duration and nature of the clinical signs, additional diagnostic procedures, and complications were reviewed retrospectively. Long-term follow-up on horses was used to determine prognosis. All horses were diagnosed by guttural pouch endoscopy. Follow-up was available for 14 horses that survived to discharge. Eight of 10 horses that were used athletically prior to surgery returned to previous levels of use. Persisting clinical signs included mild facial nerve paralysis (3/14; 21.4%) or head tilt (6/14; 42.8%) but these were not functionally limiting. It was concluded that equine THO affects a wide range of breeds, disciplines, and ages of horses, and has a variety of presenting clinical signs most commonly associated with vestibular and facial nerves. Prognosis following ceratohyoidectomy is good for resolution of ataxia but some cranial nerve deficits may persist.

published proceedings

  • Can Vet J

author list (cited authors)

  • Oliver, S. T., & Hardy, J.

citation count

  • 14

complete list of authors

  • Oliver, Shem T||Hardy, Joanne

publication date

  • April 2015