Repair of a Longitudinal Scapular Fracture in a Horse
Article first published online: 1 JUN 2007
Volume 36, Issue 4, pages 378–381, June 2007
How to Cite
KIDD, J. A., LAMAS, L. and HENSON, F. M.D. (2007), Repair of a Longitudinal Scapular Fracture in a Horse. Veterinary Surgery, 36: 378–381. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2007.00278.x
- Issue published online: 1 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 1 JUN 2007
- Submitted October 2006; Accepted February 2007
Objective— To report repair of a longitudinal scapular fracture in a horse.
Study Design— Case report.
Animals— A 2-year-old Paint Horse colt.
Methods— A longitudinal scapular fracture was surgically repaired using four 4.5 mm dynamic compression plates.
Results— An acute longitudinal scapular fracture repaired surgically returned the horse to soundness within 6 months.
Conclusions— Internal fixation of longitudinal scapular fracture is possible with multiple 3–5 hole dynamic compression plates.
Clinical Relevance— Longitudinal fractures of the scapula should be considered when there is lateral instability of the shoulder after trauma. A displaced fracture can be adequately stabilized by internal fixation with a reasonable prognosis for soundness.