Case: Mandibular fracture fixed with external fixation

A mandibular (jaw) fracture occurred during a fracas with another dog.

Fixation employed a 4 pin external fixator. This was well tolerated and it healed well, with good occlusion (meeting of the teeth in good alignment).

Once it was united, the pins were removed under sedation a few weeks later and one of them had a lucent surround on x-ray, showing that it was loosening. This is relatively common, but it lasted long enough to do the job.