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Abstract

CASE DESCRIPTION A 9-month-old 4.6-kg (10.1-lb) spayed female Shih Tzu was examined for a 4-week history of left forelimb lameness.

CLINICAL FINDINGS Moderate left forelimb lameness was present when weight bearing, accompanied by buckling of the left carpal joint and moderate signs of pain with hyperextension of the elbow joint. A 32° angular deformity of the left radius in a 45° craniomedial oblique plane (equivalent to 23° valgus and 23° procurvatum) and a 55° external torsional deformity were measured on 3-D reconstructed CT images. Humeroulnar incongruity of the left elbow joint was also evident. Single oblique osteotomy (SOO) and dynamic proximal ulnar osteotomy were recommended.

TREATMENT AND OUTCOME Creation of a 3-D printed bone model from reconstructed CT images aided surgical planning. The SOO was located 45° medial to the sagittal plane of the left radius at the level of the center of rotation of angulation. The SOO was oriented 32° distolaterally from the transverse plane of the radius and traversed the left ulna. The bones were rotated along the osteotomy into grossly proper alignment and stabilized with a plate and bone screws. Dynamic proximal ulnar osteotomy was then performed. Six months after surgery, radiographs showed remodeling at the SOO site and the lameness had resolved. The owners expressed satisfaction with the outcome.

CLINICAL RELEVANCE In dogs with angular and torsional long bone deformities, SOO may be a viable alternative to wedge osteotomies. The SOO simultaneously addressed angular and torsional deformities without bone loss and provided rigid internal fixation.

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in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To compare osteoarthritis scores assigned through radiographic evaluation of 18 anatomic regions in the elbow joint with scores assigned through evaluation of 3-D maximum intensity projection (MIP), 3-D surface rendering (TSR), and multiplanar reconstructed (MPR) CT images, and to evaluate intraobserver and interobserver agreement of radiographic and CT scoring.

SAMPLE

Radiographic and CT images of 39 elbow joints in 20 dogs.

PROCEDURES

Images were anonymized and graded independently by 5 observers. One observer graded 12 elbow joints 3 times. Intraobserver consistency and repeatability, interobserver agreement, consistency among methods, and bias between methods were calculated.

RESULTS

The most severe changes were observed at the proximal aspect of the anconeal process, and the medial and cranial aspects of the medial coronoid process. Intraobserver consistency was moderate or better for 11/16 regions with MIP images, 11/16 regions with TSR images, 17/18 regions with MPR images, and 14/18 regions with radiographic images. Interobserver agreement was moderate or better for 5/16 regions with MIP images, 9/16 regions with TSR images, 12/18 regions with MPR images, and 6/18 regions with radiographic images. Mean scores from CT-based methods were higher than mean radiographic scores.

CLINICAL RELEVANCE

Assessments of osteoarthritis severity in the elbow joints of dogs obtained by examining radiographic images were generally consistent with assessments obtained by examining CT scans. MPR scores were more consistent and more comparable to radiographic scores than were MIP or TSR scores.

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in American Journal of Veterinary Research