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Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2008;21(1):69-75. doi: 10.3415/VCOT-06-10-0080.

Use of T-plates for the stabilisation of supra-cotyloid ilial fractures in 18 cats and five dogs.

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Surgical Referral Free-land practice, Sceaux, France.


The use of the AO (Arbeitgemeinschaft für Osteosynthesenfragen) veterinary T-plates (1.5/2 mm and 2.7/3.5 mm) for stabilisation of supracotyloid ilial fractures in 18 cats and five dogs was evaluated in a retrospective study. The distal fragment from the coxofemoral joint ranged from 0.5 cm to 1 cm with a mean distance of 0.85 cm. Twenty out of 23 (87%) ilial fractures healed in original alignment. Three out of 23 (13%) animals had two loosened screws of the distal fragment with fracture malunion and minor medial displacement of the acetabular fragment. Screw or plate breakage was not observed and the implants were not removed. The clinical result was 'excellent' for 18 animals (78%), 'good' for four animals (17%), and 'poor' for one animal (5%). The use of T-plates permits good correction of supracotyloîd fractures with minimal approach and minimizes post-operative complications.

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