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Fractures of the central tarsal bone in eight racing greyhounds
  1. M. J. Guilliard, MA,VetMB, CertSAO, MRCVS1
  1. 1 Nantwich Veterinary Hospital, Crewe Road, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 5SF


The case records of eight greyhounds that had undergone a surgical repair of either a type Ill or type IV fractured central tarsal bone were reviewed. In some cases difficulties were encountered which resulted in less than ideal fixation methods being used, but the fractures healed satisfactorily by intertarsal ankylosis and were radiographically complete after four to six months. For a successful outcome it was not necessary to preserve functional intertarsal joints by interfragmentary reconstruction and compression. The absence of dorsal slab fixation, poor dorsal screw positioning, or loss of the dorsal fragment, had no influence on the results. It took from six months to one year for the dogs to return to racing.

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