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Successful Management of Extensor Tendon Injury in the Hind Limb of a Buffalo Bull using External Coaptation

Baltej Singh, Akashdeep Singh Hundal and Vandana Sangwan

Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, College of Veterinary Science, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana- 141004, Punjab, India

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal February 2023: 100 (2) - pages 48 to 50
(Received: , Accepted: )


The report describes the successful management of extensor tendon injury in a 2.5 year old, 480kgs buffalo bull. A village common bull was presented in emergency hours with a 3 side extensive cut wound proximal to fetlock region (involving extensor tendons) with a wire-fence while fighting with another bull. The major bleeders were ligated under sedation and skin sutures were applied. To avoid knuckling of the fetlock, the limb was bandaged with heavy cotton layering and a straight aluminium splint on the posterior aspect. The bull showed full weight bearing by day 14 with coaptation, although the hoof of the affected limb showed a slight split due to a lower extensor tendon injury.

Key Words: buffalo bull, external coaptation, extensor tendon, injury, management

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