Developmental orthopedic disease (DOD) is a term coined in 1986 to describe all musculoskeletal problems in growing horses. These growth disturbances include physitis (inflammation of growth plates at the ends of the long bones), osteochondritis dissecans (OCD, a cartilage disorder characterized by the presence of large flaps of cartilage or loose cartilaginous bodies within a joint), subchondral bone cysts (saclike cavities in bone beneath the cartilage surface that are filled with fluid or soft material), and flexural limb deformities (contracted tendons).
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