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Repair of a Longitudinal Scapular Fracture in a Horse


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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.