Horse Health

Navicular syndrome

Navicular disease is a chronic degenerative condition associated with pain arising from the navicular bone. It is most commonly seen in the forelimbs. The exact cause is unknown and various theories have been proposed.

There is a change in the blood supply within the bone, which show up as widened, irregular or increased number of blood vessel channels on radiographs. There is also a less prominent distinction of the cortex and medulla when radiographs are viewed.