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Femur: fracture

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Introduction

  • Cause: fractures of the feline femur occur predominantly as a result of major trauma, usually a road traffic accident or fall from a height.
  • Signs: acute onset, non-weight bearing hindlimb lameness is the most common presentation.
  • Fractures can be divided into four main regions:
    • Fractures of the head/neck/greater trochanter.
    • Diaphyseal fractures.
    • Distal physeal fractures.
    • Condylar fractures. 
  • Treatment: surgical treatment is recommended in the majority of cases.
  • Prognosis: when managed appropriately and promptly the prognosis for femoral fractures is good.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Montavon P, Voss K, Langley-Hobbs S J (2009) Femoral fractures. In: Feline Orthopedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal disease. Saunders Elsevier. 
  • Scott H W, McLaughlin R (2007) Fractures and disorders of the hindlimb. In: Scott H W, McLaughlin R (eds) Feline Orthopaedics. London. Manson Publishing Limited. pp 167-260.

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