Use of the Cobra Head Bone Plate for Distal Long Bone Fractures in Large Animals A Report of Four Cases
Article first published online: 29 FEB 2008
Volume 18, Issue 3, pages 227–234, May 1989
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KIRKER-HEAD, C. A. and FACKELMAN, G. E. (1989), Use of the Cobra Head Bone Plate for Distal Long Bone Fractures in Large Animals A Report of Four Cases. Veterinary Surgery, 18: 227–234. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.1989.tb01076.x
- Issue published online: 29 FEB 2008
- Article first published online: 29 FEB 2008
Four long bone fractures with a short distal fragment were repaired with a cobra head bone plate alone (2 cattle) or in combination with a straight, broad dynamic compression plate (2 horses). Three fractures were of the distal femur (1 horse, 2 cattle) and one was of the distal radius (1 horse). The long-term outcome of the three femoral fractures was soundness in one case and mild lameness in two. Although satisfactory bone healing progressed in the horse with the radial fracture, laminitis in the contralateral forelimb necessitated euthanasia at week 6.