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Objective: To characterize the microscopic anatomy of the laminar interface at the distal margin of the distal phalanx in equine forefeet with the presence of a crena marginis solearis.
Sample population: Six equine cadaver forefeet with radiographic evidence of a crena marginis solearis and two equine cadaver forefeet without radiographic evidence of a crena marginis solearis.
Methods: Cadaver forefoot specimens were selected by screening for the presence (six) or absence (two) of a crena marginis solearis using radiography. Selected specimens were evaluated grossly for the presence of abnormalities of the hoof wall, white line, and sole in the toe region. Transverse, contiguous tissue sections from each specimen that included the hoof wall, the laminar interface, the dorsodistal margin of the distal phalanx, and sole…