Case Studies: Fractures

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 dessicated. 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...

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Minimally invasive plate fixation of a tibia fracture in a pup

This tibia fracture in a growing dog was un-displaced, and was fixed in minimally invasive fashion with a locking plate that was slid along the bone between two small wounds. We never went anywhere near the fracture itself. The wounds were just big enough to slide the plate in and place a few screws at...

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Central tarsal fracture and T4 fracture in a racing Greyhound

A 2y old, 30kg racing greyhound presented after sustaining a injury on the track. X-rays showed a slab fracture of the right central tarsal bone, and of the medial proximal corner of the 4th tarsal bone (T4) too. The central tarsal was reduced and lag screwed in place. The T4 fragment aligned en passant. The injury...

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Femoral capital physis fracture

Nellie a 5 month old female Border Collie, destined to be a working sheep dog, managed to break the ball of her femur off the rest of the femur. The fracture occurred through the growth plate. These can be fiddly to fix because there isn’t much bone, and what there is is very soft with...

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Horrendous pelvis fracture with neurolgical compromise

This case is a favourite – a horrendous fracture, a challenging surgery, planning with CT advanced imaging, a lovely cat, patient and committed owners, and a great outcome. What’s not to like. Stanley had an RTA and his pelvis was, to coin a technical expression, mashed. His right ischium (the wing of the pelvis) was...

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