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Hybrid external fixator for treatment of a tibial proximal comminuted diaphyseal fracture in a foal

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posted on 2024-05-29, 09:53 authored by Leonardo Rodrigues De Lima, Sheila Kreutzfeld Farias, Ananda Parra Buzzetti, Maria Carolina Neves De Souza Pimenta, Roberta Blake

A 15‐day‐old colt was presented with grade 5 lameness (American Association of Equine Practitioners ‐ lameness scale), oedema of the right pelvic limb and stifle joint instability. A radiographic examination revealed a complete comminuted fracture of the proximal right tibia. To treat this, a surgical reduction was performed using a hybrid external fixator. The hybrid external fixator consisted of two rings placed above the proximal and distal epiphyseal plates, respectively, which were then linked with threaded rods. Within 24 hours of the surgery, the foal started weight‐bearing again. After 6 days, the hybrid external fixator rings were distracted by 1 mm per day for 17 days, which helped to increase the bone length. Once the hybrid external fixator was removed, a small shortening of the tibia (1 cm) was observed compared to the contralateral limb, but the epiphyseal cartilage was maintained.

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Veterinary Record Case Reports

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2052-6121

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Wiley

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