Complex and open fractures: a straightforward approach to management in the cat

Corr, S. (2012) Complex and open fractures: a straightforward approach to management in the cat. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 14(1), pp. 55-64. (doi: 10.1177/1098612X11432827) (PMID:22247325)

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Clinical challenges: Cats often present with traumatic injuries of the limbs, including complex and open fractures, frequently as a result of road traffic accidents. On initial assessment, complex and open fractures may appear to require expertise beyond the experience of the general practitioner and, in some cases, referral to a specialist may be indicated or amputation should be considered. Practical relevance: Many cases, however, can be managed using straightforward principles. This review describes a logical and practical approach to treating such injuries. It discusses general principles of fracture management, highlights the treatment of open fractures, and describes the use of external skeletal fixation for stabilisation of both open and complex fractures. Equipment: Most fractures can be stabilised using equipment and expertise available in general practice if the basic principles of fracture fixation are understood and rigorously applied. Evidence base: Many textbooks and journal articles have been published on the management of fractures in companion animals, presenting case studies, case series and original biomechanical research. The simple strategy for managing complex injuries that is provided in this review is based on the published literature and the author’s clinical experience.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Corr, Sandra
Authors: Corr, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1532-2750

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