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Use of Porcine Cancellous Bone Graft of Radial Nonunion Fracture in a Dog
S. Y. Heo, H. B. Lee, M. S. Kim and N. S. Kim*
Department of Veterinary Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, 664-14 Korea *Corresponding author:


A 6-month, 1.3 kg, Yorkshire terrier was referred for treatment of a radial nonunion fracture. The nonunion fracture site had a 40 mm-long defect between both fracture ends, where a porcine cancellous bone graft was implanted. The surgical treatment of the nonunion fracture was accomplished using an external fixator and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). The dog had a successful clinical outcome, and a radiographic examination conducted at post-surgery week 16 revealed the incorporation of the porcine cancellous bone graft and the nonunion fracture site by newly formed bone, resulting in a complete union. Porcine cancellous bone graft should be considered as an alternative option to autografts when treating nonunion fractures with segment bones defects.

Key words: Dog, Incorporation, Polymethylmethacrylate, Porcine cancellous bone graft, Radial nonunion


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