Femoral Capital Physeal Fractures in 25 Foals

DAVID A. HUNT, JACK R. SNYDER, JOE P. MORGAN, John Pascoe

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Abstract

The medical records of 25 horses 1 year of age or younger affected with femoral head and neck fractures during an 18 year period were reviewed. Each fracture involved the capital physis. The foals were 11 days to 12 months of age (mean, 5 months). No femoral capital physeal fractures occurred in horses older than 1 year of age during the same period. The history in each case included acute onset of severe unilateral hindlimb lameness, 3 hours to 2 months (mean, 12 days) before presentation. Injuries observed were violent falls, struggles, and kicks. Crepitation, swelling, pain with manipulation or palpation or both, and apparent fracture fragment displacement were inconsistently noted. Tentative clinical diagnoses were confirmed by radiography in 24 foals and by necropsy alone in one foal. Twenty‐one foals were euthanatized due to poor prognosis. One foal sent home for stall rest was lost to follow‐up. Surgical repair was attempted in three foals. Two fractures were repaired with multiple intramedullary pins and the foals were euthanatized within 2 weeks due to surgical failure and, in one case, contralateral limb breakdown. The third fracture was repaired with a compressing screw and plate device; the animal was pasture sound at month 20.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-49
Number of pages9
JournalVeterinary Surgery
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

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