Presented in part at the 36th Annual Conference of the Veterinary Orthopaedic Society, Steamboat Springs, CO, March 2009.
Original Article - Clinical
Stabilization of Juxta-Physeal Distal Tibial and Fibular Fractures in a Juvenile Tiger Using a Hybrid Circular–Linear External Fixator
Article first published online: 31 OCT 2011
© Copyright 2011 by The American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Volume 41, Issue 2, pages 248–253, February 2012
How to Cite
Coomer, A. R., Lewis, D. D., Wiedner, E., Isaza, R., Winter, M. D., Aloisio, F. and Pool, R. (2012), Stabilization of Juxta-Physeal Distal Tibial and Fibular Fractures in a Juvenile Tiger Using a Hybrid Circular–Linear External Fixator. Veterinary Surgery, 41: 248–253. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2011.00897.x
- Issue published online: 16 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 31 OCT 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: SEP 2010
- Manuscript Received: JUL 2010
To report stabilization of closed, comminuted distal metaphyseal transverse fractures of the left tibia and fibula in a tiger using a hybrid circular–linear external skeletal fixator.
Juvenile tiger (15 months, 90 kg).
From imaging studies, the tiger had comminuted distal metaphyseal transverse fractures of the left tibia and fibula, with mild caudolateral displacement and moderate compression. Multiple fissures extended from the fractures through the distal metaphyses, extending toward, but not involving the distal tibial and fibular physes. A hybrid circular–linear external skeletal fixator was applied by closed reduction, to stabilize the fractures.
The fractures healed and the fixator was removed 5 weeks after stabilization. Limb length and alignment were similar to the normal contralateral limb at hospital discharge, 8 weeks after surgery. Two weeks later, the tiger had fractures of the right tibia and fibula and was euthanatized. Necropsy confirmed pathologic fractures ascribed to copper deficiency.
Closed application of the hybrid construct provided sufficient stability to allow this 90 kg tiger's juxta-articular fractures to heal with minimal complications and without disrupting growth from the adjacent physes.