Comparison of the biomechanical properties of rottweiler and racing greyhound cranial cruciate ligaments

C Wingfield*, AA Amis, AC Stead, HT Law

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An in vitro study of rottweiler and racing greyhound cranial cruciate ligaments revealed that the rottweiler ligaments had a significantly greater cross-sectional area at their distal attachments. Mechanical testing showed that the ultimate load related to body mass was significantly higher in the extended racing greyhound stifle during cranial tibial loading to failure, as were linear stiffness, tensile strength and tangent medullas. During ligament axis loading to failure, the only significant difference in structural and mechanical properties recorded between the two breeds was a greater ultimate strain for the greyhound ligament with the stifle joint flexed. Energy absorbed by the ligament complex at failure during cranial tibial loading was twice that for ligament axis loading for both breeds. The clinical significance is that the rottweiler cranial cruciate ligament is more vulnerable to damage as it requires half the load per unit body mass that the greyhound requires to cause a rupture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-307
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Small Animal Practice
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2000


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