Case Studies: Fractures – Pins & wires

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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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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Radial growth plate fracture in a pup

Dodo, an 8 month old French Bulldog, suffered a fracture of a forelimb during play. The bones of the forelimb are the radius and the ulna, and the fracture affected the growth plates of the radius and the ulna, from which these bones grow. The radial growth plate was deviated at an angle of about...

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Open fractures of the radius and ulna

Open fractures occur when the bone ends involved in a fracture get exposed to the outside world with inevitable contamination from micro-organisms in the environment. Open fractures are a problem because it is usually not a good idea to place permanent implants like plates and screws into a contaminated wound. Implants can harbour micro-organisms and...

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Lateral condyle fracture of the humerus

Fractures of the humerus (the bone in the upper forelimb) are common in young dogs. The condyle of the humerus is the bottom part of the humerus that makes up part of the elbow joint. This condyle is made up of an medial (inner) hemicondyle and a lateral (outer) hemicondyle. Fracture often occurs after relatively...

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