Femoral fracture repair complicated by vascular ...



Title Femoral fracture repair complicated by vascular injury in a foal
Author(s) Patricia L. Rose, J. P. Watkins, J. A. Auer
Journal Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Date 1984
Volume 185
Issue 7
Start page 795
End page 797
Abstract A comminuted, mid-diaphyseal femoral fracture was diagnosed radiographically in a 4-month-old Quarter Horse colt. Disruption of the distal blood supply was suspected, as evidenced by coolness and diminished pulses of the distal portion of the limb. The fracture was repaired by compression plating but the foal's condition continued to deteriorate. A femoral arteriogram of the affected limb was obtained. Positive contrast agent was visible only as far as the mid-shaft of the femur. The foal was euthanatized and the postmortem examination revealed a transected popliteal artery accounting for ischemic necrosis of the distal limb.

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