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A retrospective review of antebrachial angular and rotational limb deformity correction in dogs using intraoperative alignment and type 1b external fixation.

Authors
  • Deruddere, K J
  • Snelling, S R
Type
Published Article
Journal
New Zealand veterinary journal
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2014
Volume
62
Issue
5
Pages
290–296
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00480169.2014.910089
PMID: 24856307
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

As reported by owners of the 39 cases following surgery, limb function was excellent in 26 (67%), good in 12 (31%) cases and acceptable in one (2.5%) case. Frame tolerance was reported as good in 24 (62%), acceptable in 14 (36%) cases and poor in one (2.5%) case. Limb appearance was reported as straight in 25 (64%) cases and mildly rotated in 14 (36%) cases. In five cases that were evaluated, post-operative frontal and sagittal plane alignment ranged from 0-3.1° and 9.1-12.2°, respectively, and distal CORA was corrected to <6.1°. These were within the normal reported reference ranges. Pin tract infections were reported in seven (18%) cases CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELVANCE: This study suggests that the described technique may be an effective practice for the correction of AARLD that provides good clinical results, based on client assessment. The effectiveness of this technique was further supported by the five cases that underwent objective radiographic assessment. The technique is simpler than techniques that use extensive pre-operative planning, uses a smaller inventory and is easily applicable in companion animal practice.

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