Double-plate fixation of comminuted fractures of the second phalanx in horses: 10 cases (1985-1993)

Mark R. Crabill From the Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery, Texas Veterinary Medical Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4475 (Crabill, Watkins, Auer) and the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-6610 (Schneider).

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Jeffrey P. Watkins From the Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery, Texas Veterinary Medical Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4475 (Crabill, Watkins, Auer) and the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-6610 (Schneider).

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Robert K. Schneider From the Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery, Texas Veterinary Medical Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4475 (Crabill, Watkins, Auer) and the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-6610 (Schneider).

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Dr. Jorg A. Auer From the Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery, Texas Veterinary Medical Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4475 (Crabill, Watkins, Auer) and the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-6610 (Schneider).

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Objective—

To determine the technique used, and the outcome for, double-plate fixation of comminuted fractures of the second phalanx of horses

Design—

Retrospective analysis of medical records.

Animals—

l0 horses with comminuted fractures of the second phalanx that were treated by use of double-plate fixation.

Procedure—

Two 4- to 6-hole dynamic compression plates were abaxially placed to achieve arthrodesis of the proximal interphalangeal joint and fixation of the fracture of the second phalanx.

Results—

Arthrodesis and fracture healing were detected in all horses.

Clinical Implications—

Horses with comminuted fractures of the second phalanx that are treated with double-plate fixation have an excellent prognosis for survival and use as broodstock, and have an increased potential for return to useful function.

Objective—

To determine the technique used, and the outcome for, double-plate fixation of comminuted fractures of the second phalanx of horses

Design—

Retrospective analysis of medical records.

Animals—

l0 horses with comminuted fractures of the second phalanx that were treated by use of double-plate fixation.

Procedure—

Two 4- to 6-hole dynamic compression plates were abaxially placed to achieve arthrodesis of the proximal interphalangeal joint and fixation of the fracture of the second phalanx.

Results—

Arthrodesis and fracture healing were detected in all horses.

Clinical Implications—

Horses with comminuted fractures of the second phalanx that are treated with double-plate fixation have an excellent prognosis for survival and use as broodstock, and have an increased potential for return to useful function.

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