Internal Fixation of Severe Maxillofacial Fractures in Dogs

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Objective: To describe internal fixation for maxillofacial fractures using titanium miniplates and report outcome in 7 dogs. Study design: Prospective case series. Animals: Skeletally mature dogs (n=7) with maxillofacial fractures. Methods: After CT evaluation of fracture configuration, using a combination of extraoral and intraoral approaches as needed, non-locking titanium miniplates were contoured to match the normal anatomy of the fractured bones. Plates were secured using non-locking titanium screws and then covered with a soft-tissue envelope followed by routine intraoral and extraoral closure. Results: Fractures healed rapidly after reconstruction with immediate return to normal function and occlusion. Follow-up time of up to 94 months indicated excellent long-term function and general lack of complications. One dog developed nasal aspergillosis 1.5 years after surgery and the miniplates were removed without adverse consequences. Conclusion: Internal fixation for maxillofacial reconstruction using titanium miniplates is an excellent solution for the treatment of comminuted and displaced maxillofacial fractures in dogs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-442
Number of pages6
JournalVeterinary Surgery
Volume44
Issue number4
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StatePublished - May 1 2015

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Internal Fixation of Severe Maxillofacial Fractures in Dogs. / Arzi, Boaz; Verstraete, Frank J.

In: Veterinary Surgery, Vol. 44, No. 4, 01.05.2015, p. 437-442.

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