• Difficult humerus fracture in a Bengal

Ronnie, a young Bengal cat, had a close encounter of the low flying TV kind and presented to us on Friday 13th

 Bengals are really beautiful cats but they are usually adventurous and fiesty – they look and act like small leopards. Not the ideal orthopaedic patient!

Ronnie had suffered a fracture of the humerus and came to us via the PDSA. The fracture was really tricky to fix as there was not very much bone stock available to implants in the distal (lower) fragment, and the bone was comminuted (shattered into several pieces).

We fixed it with a combination of a pin down the centre of the bone, an external fixator involving two pins, and a locking plate with two locking screws. We were very pleased with the fixation and Ronnie was discharged for cage confinement at home. The prognosis is pretty good with proper aftercare.

15th November 2015