• Chronic multiple fractures in a cat

At a guess it had been 5-6 weeks since these fractures were sustained and God only knows how she had survived in the meantime. Major nerves were adhered to both fractures and needed dissecting off the fragments before they were pinned and plated.

The right humerus healed extremely well and she was walking normally on it within a few days. The left femur is aligned and very functional but some gait abnormality remains a few weeks post-op. This probably in part reflects muscle adhesions, fibrosis and contracture that developed in the weeks between trauma and fixation, because of the massive chronic displacement of the fragments.

16th November 2013