Corticocancellous bone biopsy from the 12th rib of standing horses. Academic Article uri icon


  • Unicortical corticocancellous bone biopsy specimens 4.5 mm and 6.5 mm in diameter were obtained without long-term complications from the 12th rib in eight standing horses. However, the bone specimens were unsuitable for histologic or histomorphometric evaluation. In in vitro comparisons of biopsy specimens 6.5 mm and 12 mm in diameter, and of unicortical and transcortical biopsy specimens, 12 mm transcortical specimens yielded the most cancellous bone. Transcortical bone biopsy specimens 12 mm in diameter were obtained from eight horses by using power-assisted trephination. The surgical procedure was well tolerated, but some degree of pneumothorax in all horses was treated by aspiration of air from the thorax. Long-term complications were not observed.

published proceedings

  • Vet Surg

author list (cited authors)

  • Misheff, M. M., Stover, S. M., & Pool, R. R.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Misheff, MM||Stover, SM||Pool, RR

publication date

  • March 1992