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Supracondylar femoral fractures in adult animals

Lidbetter, D. and Glyde, M.R.ORCID: 0000-0003-1433-7694 (2000) Supracondylar femoral fractures in adult animals. Irish Veterinary Journal, 22 (11). pp. 1041-1054.


Supracondylar femoral (SCF) fractures in adult animals present significantly greater challenges to veterinary orthopedists than do fractures in immature animals in which the bone breaks are usually type I or II Salter-Harris physeal fractures. In adult animals, SCF fractures are often unstable because of their distal position and propensity to be comminuted. Because of the composition of the distal femur, minimal bone stock is usually available for implant placement. As a result, traditional implants such as intramedullary pins and dynamic compression plates may not be adequate to stabilize fracture forces. A range of available implants offers additional approaches to the management of this relatively uncommon fracture.

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Publisher: Irish Veterinary Association
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