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Application of epoxy putty external skeletal fixator for stabilization of tarsocrural arthrodesis in small dogs and cats

대한수의학회지 2020년 60권 4호 p.187 ~ 194
문제성, Lee June-Sub, 한현정,
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문제성 ( Moon Je-Sung ) - Konkuk University Konkuk Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Department of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
 ( Lee June-Sub ) - 7500 Animal Medical Center
한현정 ( Han Hyun-Jung ) - Konkuk University Konkuk Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Department of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Abstract


Two small-breed dogs and two cats, with an average body weight of 4.88 kg (range: 4.3?5.5 kg), suffered hindlimb lameness due to luxation with or without fractures of the tarsocrural joint. These patients underwent tarsocrural arthrodesis with epoxy putty external skeletal fixator. The animals’ skins were incised minimally, and the articular cartilage of the tarsocrural joint was removed, followed by autogenous cancellous bone grafting. Epoxy putty and positive Centerface®, pins with diameters 1.2 mm and 2.0 mm, were used for connecting bar and as a full pin fixation, respectively. All the patients regained the ability to bear weight on the affected limb within 3?7 days and resumed a normal gait within 9?15 weeks. The external skeletal fixator frame was removed within 13?17 weeks without major complications. Tarsocrural arthrodesis using epoxy putty external skeletal fixator resulted in excellent outcomes without severe postoperative complications in this study. Epoxy putty external skeletal fixator can be a valuable surgical option for tarsocrural arthrodesis in patients weighing less than 5.5 kg.

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cats; epoxy putty; external skeletal fixator; small dogs; tarsocrural arthrodesis

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