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J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1997 Sep 15;211(6):757-8.

Tension band plating of an olecranon fracture in a bull.

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Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station 77843-4475, USA.


A 1,018-kg (2,240-lb), 6-year-old bull was admitted for evaluation of a left forelimb lameness of 7 days' duration. Radiographic views of the proximal portion of the left forelimb revealed a type-III olecranon fracture that was minimally displaced. Conservative treatment, including stall confinement and administration of anti-inflammatory drugs, was attempted. Subsequent radiographic views, 27 days later, revealed displacement of the fracture with minimal callus formation. Open reduction and internal fixation was performed by placing a 4.5-mm, 10-hole broad dynamic-compression on the caudal surface of the olecranon. Good anatomic reduction was achieved, returning the bull to full weightbearing. Eight months following surgery the owners reported the bull was sound at a walk and able to breed cows.

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