Healing of surgically created defects in the equine superficial digital flexor tendon: collagen-type transformation and tissue morphologic reorganization. Academic Article uri icon


  • Full-thickness defects were surgically created in the superficial digital flexor tendons of the front limbs of 20 horses. Tissues formed within the defect were evaluated histologically, and the collagen composition of the tissue was determined by immunofluorescence. Transformation occurred from loose fibrillar areas of types I and III collagen and pericellular types IV and V collagen to dense bundles of type I collagen fibers. Loose fibrillar areas of types I and III collagen were present after 24 weeks. Histologically, in horses killed after 2 weeks, the tissue within the defect was a randomly oriented mass of fibrovascular tissue. In horses killed after 24 weeks the tissue within the defect resembled normal tendon tissue.

published proceedings

  • Am J Vet Res

author list (cited authors)

  • Watkins, J. P., Auer, J. A., Gay, S., & Morgan, S. J

citation count

  • 72

complete list of authors

  • Watkins, JP||Auer, JA||Gay, S||Morgan, SJ

publication date

  • October 1985