Use of a stainless steel cable and headless tapered compression screw for repair of a tibial crest fracture in a 10-year-old horse

N. L. Johnson, Larry D Galuppo

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Abstract

Tibial tuberosity and/or crest fractures uncommonly occur in horses and are generally acquired injuries associated with direct trauma to the stifle region. Non-articular, minimally to moderately displaced tibial tuberosity fractures can be conservatively managed with strict stall rest for several months. Large, unstable, articular, and/or displaced fractures require open reduction and internal fixation. Traditional methods of fracture repair have utilized compression plates and bone screws or stainless steel wire in tension-band configurations. However, simple tibial tuberosity or crest fractures can be surgically repaired via a minimally invasive approach with use of stainless steel cable in a tension-band configuration and headless compression screw, and result in a successful outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-252
Number of pages6
JournalVeterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Volume17
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2004

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Tibial Fractures
cables (equipment)
Stainless Steel
stainless steel
screws
Horses
Bone Screws
Stifle
horses
Wounds and Injuries
wire
Joints
bones
methodology
Open Fracture Reduction

Keywords

  • Acutrak screw
  • Cable
  • Equine
  • Fracture
  • Tibial crest

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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