This paper provides relevant information for veterinarians responsible for treatment of endurance horses, including a retrospective study of fractures in endurance horses presenting to one referral hospital and to treatment clinics at 3 different race venues. Treatment and case outcome were also noted. The information presented provides clinicians working with high level endurance horses increased awareness of common sites of fractures, of prefracture stress related bone injury within this population of athletes and guidelines in order to manage them more effectively.
Journal: Equine Veterinary Education
Journal: Veterinary Surgery
Objectives: To report the repair of tibial diaphyseal fractures in 2 calves using a circular external skeletal fixator (CEF).
Study Design: Clinical report.
Animals: Crossbred calves (n=2; age: 6 months; weight: 55 and 60 kg).
Methods: Mid-diaphyseal tibial fractures were repaired by the use of a 4-ring CEF (made of aluminum rings with 2 mm K-wires) alone in 1 calf and in combination with hemicerclage wiring in 1 calf.
Use of a circular external skeletal fixator to treat comminuted metacarpal and tibial fractures in six calves
Journal: Veterinary Record
A circular external skeletal fixator system was used to fix long-bone fractures in six calves, three with tibial fractures and three with metacarpal fractures. An Ilizarov apparatus of appropriate diameter, depending on the calves' bodyweight, was used. In the postoperative period, clinical and radiological examinations were carried out to assess fracture healing, the stability of the fixator and when the calves could make full use of the limb. The fixator was tolerated well, the fractures healed and the fixators maintained rigid stability.