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Anatomical study of fibrous structures of the medial aspect of the canine elbow joint
  1. A. Villamonte-Chevalier, DVM1,
  2. M. Soler, DVM, PhD1,
  3. R. Sarria, DVM2,
  4. A. Agut, DVM, PhD1 and
  5. R. Latorre, DVM, PhD2
  1. 1Department of Medicine and Surgery
  2. 2Department of Anatomy and Comparative Pathological Anatomy, University of Murcia, Campus de Espinardo, Murcia 30100, Spain;
  1. E-mail for correspondence: latorre{at}um.es

Abstract

Forces exerted by fibrous structures on the medial aspect of the canine elbow joint have been reported to be involved in elbow pathology. The purpose of this paper is to assess the relationships of the ligamentous and muscular structures of this region of the canine elbow joint, and how they relate to the medial coronoid process. Six cadavers of adult German shepherd cross-breed dogs were used in this study to make intra-articular and vascular injections of this region. Some joints were dissected and some were frozen to saw sagittal or dorsal cryosections to assess the relationships of the myotendinous structures. The brachialis muscle tendon passed through the division of the bicipital tendon of insertion which formed a fibrous tendon sheath that was reinforced by the oblique ligament. The biceps' brachii's main insertion is the radial tuberosity where it inserts along with the cranial branch of the oblique ligament and the cranial branch of the medial collateral ligament. Rotational and compression forces exerted by the insertion of the biceps brachii-brachialis tendon complex onto the ulna might influence medial coronoid disease. Therefore, sectioning these tendons could be considered as a treatment for medial coronoid disease.

  • Accepted September 21, 2012.

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  • Accepted September 21, 2012.
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