Supraglenoid tubercle fractures repair with transverse locking compression plates in 4 horses

Ahern, B. J., Bayliss, I. P. M., Zedler, S. T., Getman, L. M. and Richardson, D. W. (2017) Supraglenoid tubercle fractures repair with transverse locking compression plates in 4 horses. Veterinary Surgery, 46 4: 507-514. doi:10.1111/vsu.12600

Author Ahern, B. J.
Bayliss, I. P. M.
Zedler, S. T.
Getman, L. M.
Richardson, D. W.
Title Supraglenoid tubercle fractures repair with transverse locking compression plates in 4 horses
Journal name Veterinary Surgery   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1532-950X
Publication date 2017-02-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/vsu.12600
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 46
Issue 4
Start page 507
End page 514
Total pages 8
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To report on a series of 4 horses with supraglenoid tubercle fractures repaired with locking compression plates.

Study Design: Case series.

Animal: Four horses ranging in age from 6 weeks to 20 months and weighing from 121 to 425 kg with supraglenoid tubercle fractures of 1 day to 6 weeks in duration.

Methods: Supraglenoid tubercle fractures were reduced and stabilized with transversely positioned locking compression plate(s) with and without additional tension band wiring.

Results: All fractures reached bony union. Two postoperative surgical site infections were managed with drainage and antibiotherapy. Three of the 4 horses continued onto athletic careers including flat racing, dressage, and hunter/jumper competition. The remaining horse was lame for a prolonged period, but was sound at 4 years.

Conclusions: The application of one or two, transversely positioned LCPs should be considered for the repair of SGT fractures because of the relative ease of the technique, and its elimination of a biceps brachii tenotomy. All screws can be inserted in a lateral to medial direction without transection or drill penetration of the biceps brachii tendon.

Clinical Relevance: SGT fractures of various durations can be repaired in a wide range of horses with transversely positioned LCPs, and allow return to athletic function.
Keyword Fractures
Supraglenoid tubercle
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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