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Physeal Fractures in Small Animals

Mary Sarah Bergh DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR, Iowa State University

Orthopedics

|September 2014|Peer Reviewed|Web-Exclusive

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Physeal fractures are common in skeletally immature cats and dogs. Because they can often be difficult to detect on radiographs, a high index of suspicion of physeal injury is warranted in any traumatized puppy or kitten with pain or swelling around the joint. Early identification and timely reduction and stabilization of the fracture, along with careful monitoring, are important for a successful outcome.

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