Treatment of a femoral fracture with a titanium locking compression plate distal femur (LCP-DF) in a young donkey

Authors: 
S. Bumbacher, M. F. Bryner, A. E. Fürst, F. Del Chicca, S. K. Ringer and M. A. Jackson
Volume: 
26
Number: 
1
Pages: 
27-31
Journal: 
Equine Veterinary Education
Date: 
January 2014

A closed complete mid-diaphyseal spiral fracture of the left femur in a one-year-old donkey was treated with a 4.5 mm titanium locking compression plate distal femur (LCP-DF). This plate was originally manufactured for human orthopaedics, primarily for femoral osteosynthesis. The LCP-DF has a distal head plate that was advantageous in this case because the distal fragment was smaller. Post operative radiographs showed optimal femoral reconstruction and a callus was present 3 weeks after surgery. The donkey was sound at the walk and trot 2 months after surgery. Radiographs taken 5 months after surgery showed stable implants and complete healing without complications.