Outcome following surgical stabilization of distal diaphyseal and supracondylar femoral fractures in dogs

Francisco Silveira, Isobel C Monotti, Anna M Cronin, Nick J Macdonald, Scott Rutherford, Kornelia Tiffinger, Ian Faux, Javier Rincon-Alvarez, Elvin Kulendra, Francesca Tavola, Bruno Santos, Neil J Burton
Can Vet J. 2020 Oct;61(10):1073-1079.

Signalment, clinical features, fixation techniques, complications, and outcome for dogs presenting with distal diaphyseal and supracondylar femoral fractures were retrospectively reviewed.

A total of 45 dogs with unilateral femoral fractures were included. Supracondylar femoral plates were the most popular method of fixation. However, various fixation techniques resulted in favorable outcomes in most dogs with 19/45 cases achieving full function and 22/45 achieving acceptable function.

Degree of fracture comminution did not appear to affect complication rate or be a surrogate for worse clinical outcome.