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  • Chronic open tarsus fracture in a cat

A 12y female cat presented with a 3-week-old tarsometatarsal fracture luxation.

There was gross malalignment and the head of the fifth metatarsal was exposed and desiccated.

We aligned the limb. We weren’t able to get all of the small bones back in place, and part of the tarsus was “overlapped”, but at least the leg was straight, and we reasoned that it would be much more functional this way.

Stabilisation involved the placement of a type 2 external fixator. This stayed on for 3.5 months before removal.

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