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Repair of Supracondylar Fracture of Femur by Cross Intramedullary Pinning in a Calf

Asif M. Asharaf, Sherin B. Sarangom, Ansiya Iqbal, P. Preena and Varsha Mary Mathai

District Veterinary Centre, Kannur, Kerala, India - 670 001

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal July 2023 : 100 (7) - pages 37 to 38
(Received: , Accepted: )


A 14-day-old female cross-bred Jersey calf was referred for non-weight bearing lameness on the left hind limb following accidental kick by its dam. On orthopaedic examination, the animal evinced pain and crepitus above the stifle joint. Medio-lateral radiograph confirmed the presence of supracondylar fracture (Salter-Harris type II) of left femur. Open reduction and dynamic fixation by cross intramedullary pinning were performed under epidural and general anaesthesia. Postoperative antibiotics, analgesics and regular dressing were advised. Animal started bearing weight during the 2nd postoperative week. Normal weight bearing was observed by the 6th postoperative week.

Key Words: Supracondylar fracture, Femur, Calf

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