Case Studies: Fractures

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Lateral humeral condylar fracture in a pup

We see loads of these cases, especially in Springer Spaniels and also in French Bulldogs, in increasing numbers as this breed is becoming more popular. These fractures of the lower part of the humerus as usually reasonably straightforwards to fix. In young dogs we use a screw and pins; in older dogs a plate is...

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Rostral maxillectomy for mandibular fracture in a very under-shot dog

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Comminuted femoral condylar fracture in a young cat

Pablo, a cat presented to us with a tricky fracture of the femur (thigh bone). The bottom end that forms part of the knee joint was comminuted (multiple fragments). This was neatly put back together with a screw and four pins. Cage rest was diligently enforced for 4 weeks by the owner. We saw Pablo...

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Interlocking nail for fracture fixation

Interlocking nails are an innovation in fracture fixation that came from WWII, and they were a closely guarded military secret at that time because they got injured German pilots back into the air faster than ours! A large pin with holes in it at set positions is inserted into the bone, and a jig is...

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External fixation for a tarso-metatarsal fracture-luxation in a cat

This cat had a fracture-luxation between the metatarsal bones and the tarsal bones (bones of the foot and of the ankle respectively). These were stabilised with an external fixator. This was placed “closed” ie) without opening up the injury. The pins are small because the bones are small. This makes them relatively weak so bars...

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