Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 2018; 31(05): 385-389
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1651517
Case Report
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Use of Synthetic Osteochondral Implants to Treat Bilateral Shoulder Osteochondritis Dissecans in a Dog

Alan Danielski
1  Department of Orthopaedic, Davies Veterinary Specialists, Higham Gobion, Hitchin, United Kingdom
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Michael Farrell
1  Department of Orthopaedic, Davies Veterinary Specialists, Higham Gobion, Hitchin, United Kingdom
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Funding None.
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Publication History

08 November 2017

01 April 2018

Publication Date:
20 June 2018 (eFirst)

Abstract

Case Description An 8-month-old American Bulldog was presented for assessment of bilateral thoracic limb lameness. Computed tomographic imaging revealed large, deep osteochondritis dissecans lesions in both humeral heads.

Treatment and Outcome The osteochondritis dissecans lesions were debrided and the exposed subchondral defects were prepared to receive synthetic grafts. Circular implants consisting of a surface layer of polycarbonate urethane and a deep layer of lattice-type titanium were implanted into the osteochondral defects to reconstruct the articular surface topography. Follow-up clinical examination 1.5, 3 and 9months postoperatively revealed a lack of signs of shoulder pain and resolution of thoracic limb lameness. Nine-month follow-up radiographs showed radiographic evidence of osteointegration of both implants.

Clinical Relevance Synthetic osteochondral implantation in the caudocentral aspect of the humeral head appeared technically feasible and effective in resolving lameness caused by humeral head osteochondritis dissecans.

Author Contributions

Alan Danielski and Michael Farrell contributed to conception of study, study design, acquisition of data and data analysis and interpretation. Both authors also drafted and revised and approved the submitted manuscript.