Medial Bone Plating for Management of Type V Central Tarsal Bone Fractures in Six DogsFunding None.
Objective The aim of this study was to report the surgical technique and outcomes of dogs with type V central tarsal bone (CTB) fractures stabilized with a bone plate applied to the medial aspect of the tarsus and metatarsus.
Study Design This study was a retrospective review of dogs with type V CTB fractures diagnosed with computed tomography and stabilized using a medial bone plate. Follow-up included clinical examination and radiography 8 to 10 weeks postoperatively and/or a long-term owner questionnaire.
Results Six dogs were identified. All fractures occurred during exercise without external trauma and all dogs had additional tarsal fractures. Five dogs returned for clinical follow-up; all had no or mild lameness and evidence of fracture healing on radiography. A suspected surgical site infection occurred in one dog and resolved with medical management. Suspected contact between the plate and medial malleolus in one dog, and loosening of a talar screw in another, were identified, though not treated. Five owners completed the questionnaire, a median of 88 months postoperatively. No further complications were reported, limb function was reportedly acceptable, and all owners were very satisfied with the surgery.
Conclusion Medial bone plate stabilization of highly comminuted CTB fractures resulted in evidence of fracture healing, and a low incidence of complications in six non-racing dogs.
Tim Easter, Jonathan Pink and Alexis Bilmont contributed to conception of study, study design, acquisition of data and data analysis and interpretation. Bill Oxley contributed to acquisition of data and data analysis and interpretation. All authors drafted, revised and approved the submitted manuscript.
Received: 29 November 2020
Accepted: 17 July 2020
31 October 2020 (online)
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