Original Article - Clinical
Fracture of the Patella after TPLO in 6 Dogs
Article first published online: 3 JUL 2012
© Copyright 2012 by The American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Volume 41, Issue 7, pages 869–875, October 2012
How to Cite
Rutherford, S., Bell, J. C. and Ness, M. G. (2012), Fracture of the Patella after TPLO in 6 Dogs. Veterinary Surgery, 41: 869–875. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2012.01018.x
- Issue published online: 17 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 3 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: DEC 2011
- Manuscript Received: FEB 2011
To describe the clinical findings of dogs that sustained patellar fractures after tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO).
Retrospective case series.
Dogs with patellar fractures that occurred after TPLO surgery (n = 6).
Medical records (November 1, 2008–October 31, 2010) were reviewed to identify dogs with patellar fracture occurring after TPLO.
Six of 305 (2%) dogs had a patellar fracture after TPLO; 5 dogs were clinically lame when the fracture was diagnosed and all had radiographic evidence of patellar tendon thickening. All dogs were treated nonsurgically. In 2 dogs where follow-up radiographs were available there was no evidence of fracture union. No dog had a persistent lameness.
Fracture of the patella is an uncommon complication of TPLO surgery. Nonsurgical management can provide a satisfactory functional outcome.