Treatment of canine and feline diaphyseal radial and tibial fractures with low-stiffness external skeletal fixation

T J Gemmill, T A Cave, D N Clements, S P Clarke, D Bennett, S Carmichael

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Abstract

The healing of 62 cases of radial and tibial fractures treated with low-stiffness Kirschner-Ehmer external skeletal fixation frames (frame types 1a, 1a plus intramedullary pin [1aIMP], 1b and 2b) was evaluated. The mean time to clinical union was 65 days. All cases treated with 1b, 2b or 1aIMP frames healed. Four of 25 cases treated with 1a frames failed to heal due to premature pin loosening; these failures were in heavier patients than 1a cases which healed (P=0.041). Complications occurred in 40 of 62 cases, and were more common in cases treated with type 2b frames. Pin loosening was the most frequent complication (35 cases) and most commonly involved the most proximal pin (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-91
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Small Animal Practice
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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