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J Small Anim Pract. 2004 Jul;45(7):368-71.

Phalangeal fractures and metacarpophalangeal luxations subsequent to post-traumatic osteomyelitis and cellulitis in a dog.

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The Queen's Veterinary School Hospital, The Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 0ES.


A working Border collie suffered a puncture wound to the metacarpal pad. No fractures or luxations were identified at initial presentation. Treatment was instigated with various antibacterials for a period of months. At subsequent visits, the dog's condition progressed with development of metacarpophalangeal joint luxation and phalangeal fractures secondary to cellulitis and chronic osteomyelitis. Amputation was curative. Prompt treatment of the acute condition with debridement and drainage may have prevented osteomyelitis becoming established in the first instance.

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