Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 2007; 20(03): 219-223
DOI: 10.1160/VCOT-06-11-0086
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Surgical treatment of simple syndactylism with secondary deep digital flexor tendon contracture in a Basset Hound

H. Towle
1  Purdue University – Teaching Hospital, School of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana USA
,
K. Friedlander
1  Purdue University – Teaching Hospital, School of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana USA
,
R. Ko
1  Purdue University – Teaching Hospital, School of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana USA
,
R. Aper
1  Purdue University – Teaching Hospital, School of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana USA
,
G. Breur
1  Purdue University – Teaching Hospital, School of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana USA
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Publication History

Received 02 November 2006

Accepted 20 July 2006

Publication Date:
21 December 2017 (online)

Summary

A five-month-old, female Basset Hound was presented for lameness associated with a fused 3rd and 4th digital pad on the left hind limb (simple incomplete syndactyly), and secondary contracture of the deep digital flexure tendon of the 3rd and 4th digit. An onychectomy of the third phalanx of the third and fourth digits was performed. Following the operation, the dog gained good use of the affected limb for one month until intermittent non-weight bearing lameness developed. A second surgery was performed six months later, partially removing the second phalanx of digits three and four. Follow-up reports indicate that the dog is doing well and is without lameness. This is the first report of deep digital flexor tendon contracture and surgical treatment of this complication in canine simple syndactylism.