Internal Fixation of a Fractured Axis in an Adult Horse


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Abstract

Objective:To report internal fixation of a fractured axis with a dynamic compression plate (DCP).Study Design:Case report.Animals:A 7-year-old Warmblood gelding.Method:Surgery was performed under anesthesia in sternal recumbency. After fracture reduction the complete transverse fracture in the cranial third of the axis was stabilized with a 7-hole 4.5 mm DCP. Optimal positioning of the plate and the length of the screws were facilitated by fluoroscopy. Recovery from anesthesia was supervised in a pool.Results:The horse had an excellent outcome and returned to its previous activity level.Conclusion:Surgical treatment with fracture reduction and plate fixation enables normal bearing of the head and neck and improves neck flexibility soon after surgery.

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