Defect nonunion of a metatarsal bone fracture in a cow

Authors: 
M. Raghunath, N. Singh, T. Singh, A. Gopinathan, J. Mohindroo, K. Atri
Volume: 
3
Number: 
Pages: 
233-237
Journal: 
Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Date: 
2013

A two-and-half-year-old cow was presented with a defect nonunion of the right metatarsal III/IV bone following a severely comminuted open fracture two months previously. The animal underwent open fixation using a 4.5 mm, broad, 10-hole, dynamic compression plate and autogenous cancellous bone graft collected from the contralateral iliac shaft. The animal started partial weight bearing after the third postoperative day and resumed complete weight bearing after the 10th day. Fracture healing was complete and the implants were removed after the 120th postoperative day. Stable fixation by means of a bone plate in conjunction with a cancellous bone graft facilitated complete healing and restoration of the bone column of the defect and the metatarsal fracture. The animal made a complete recovery.