Intraoral radiographic images of the rostral mandible of a female Holstein-Friesian calf (patient 3) with an open rostral mandibular fracture; images were obtained before (age, 4 days; A) and 9 days after (age, 13 days; B) surgical debridement and primary closure of the lacerated oral mucosa as described for the calf of Figure 1. A—A fracture was present at the ventral aspect of the rostral mandible, and the left first incisor and all 4 right incisors were fractured at the level of the apical dental buds. The mandibular symphysis appeared to be intact. The 5 fractured teeth were removed during surgical debridement of the open wound. B—The rostral aspect of the right hemimandible had an irregular and poorly marginated border, and the rostral aspect of the mandibular symphysis appeared to be widened with mild irregularities. Those radiographic findings were consistent with the early stages of osteomyelitis. Right is to the top in both images.
Citation: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 258, 11; 10.2460/javma.258.11.1254