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Post-Traumatic Osteomyelitis and its Treatment in a Dog
Mahir Kaya*, Zafer Okumus, Latif Emrah Yanmaz, Elif Dogan and Ekrem Kirecci1
Department of Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ataturk University, Erzurum, 25240; 1School of Health, Kahramanmaras Sutcuimam University, Kahramanmaras, 46100, Turkey
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We aimed to present the clinical, radiographic, and microbiologic findings as well as the long-term outcome of surgical treatment in a 4-year-old Anatolian Shepherd dog with post-traumatic osteomyelitis. The dog had been treated for a fracture in the second metacarpal bone of the right extremity by osteosynthesis using an intramedullary pin 8 months ago. Radiographic evaluation demonstrated a bridging between the second metacarpal bone and the second carpal bone due to a new periosteal bone formation as well as signs of osteomyelitis in the second metacarpal bone such as deformation, irregular cortex, and sequestrum. In accordance with the radiographic findings, the second carpal bone as well as the second metacarpal bone and the phalanges distal to it were amputated. Postoperatively, the combination of parenteral vancomycin and gentamicin was delivered. No dysfunction was observed during a 19-month postoperative follow-up.

Key words: Amputation; Dog; Post-traumatic osteomyelitis; Radiography; Remission


ISSN 0253-8318 (Print)
ISSN 2074-7764 (Online)