Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Femur: fracture

Contributor(s): Laura Owen, Rob Pettitt

Introduction

  • Cause: fractures of the canine femur occur predominantly as a result of major trauma, usually a road traffic accident.
  • Signs: acute onset, non-weight bearing hindlimb lameness is the most common presentation.
  • Fractures can be divided into three main regions:
    • Fractures of the head/neck/greater trochanter.
    • Diaphyseal fractures.
    • Distal physeal fractures.
  • Treatment: surgical treatment is recommended in the majority of cases.
  • Prognosis: when managed appropriately and promptly the prognosis for femoral fractures is good.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Outcomes

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