Spinal Fixation in Dogs Using Steinmann Pins and Methylmethacrylate
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Volume 13, Issue 4, pages 203–210, October 1984
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BLASS, C. E. and III, H. B. S. (1984), Spinal Fixation in Dogs Using Steinmann Pins and Methylmethacrylate. Veterinary Surgery, 13: 203–210. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.1984.tb00790.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Steinmann pins and methylmethacrylate were used to stabilize 17 vertebral fractures or luxations and one unstable congenital spinal deformity in 18 dogs of a wide range of ages and body weights. Of 12 dogs available for follow-up examination (4–43 months), 10 were normal or only mildly ataxic, and two were ambulatory but severely ataxic. Five dogs died or were euthanized in the early postoperative period, but none of the deaths could be attributed to the technique. Uncommon complications associated with this fixation technique were pin migration and wound infection.