A Salter-Harris type I fracture in a 6 month old Samoyed
A 6 month old male Samoyed puppy presented to his referring veterinarian in February of 2013 after being hit by a car. Following the incident he was noted to be non-weight bearing in his right hind limb. Pelvic radiographs revealed a Salter-Harris type I fracture of the right capital physis, and left acetabular fracture and pubis fracture. The case was referred to Cornell's Emergency Service. On presentation the patient was tachypneic and tachycardic, with non-weight-bearing right hind limb lameness. His vital signs normalized following stabilization with intravenous fluids and hydromorphone for pain. On physical and orthopedic examination, pain was elicited on palpation and manipulation of the patient's hips. The patient was taken to surgery the following morning for internal fixation of the capital physis fracture using three Kirschner wires. He was kept under crate rest for 8 weeks, and underwent daily physical therapy performed by his owners. Recheck radiographs eight weeks later revealed appropriate healing of the femur.
Senior seminar paperSeminar SF610.1 2013
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