Fractures of the cervical vertebral odontoid in four horses and one pony

Vos, N.J., Pollock, P.J. , Harty, M., Brennan, T., de Blaauw, S. and McAllister, H. (2008) Fractures of the cervical vertebral odontoid in four horses and one pony. Veterinary Record, 162(4), pp. 116-119. (doi: 10.1136/vr.162.4.116)

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Four horses and one pony, ranging in age from one to 11 years, were diagnosed with two different types of odontoid peg fractures. Their clinical signs included reluctance to move the neck and head, dullness, and abnormalities of gait. Radiography was essential for the diagnosis, and the method of treatment varied depending on the severity of the neurological signs, the intended use of the horse, and financial constraints. Optimal treatment requires a technique that allows decompression, anatomical alignment, and stabilisation of the odontoid fracture. If the clinical (neurological) signs are not too severe and the animal shows signs of feeling peripheral pain, conservative treatment can be applied, as is common practice in human surgery. All except the pony made a full recovery.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pollock, Professor Patrick
Authors: Vos, N.J., Pollock, P.J., Harty, M., Brennan, T., de Blaauw, S., and McAllister, H.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Veterinary Record
Publisher:B M J Group
ISSN (Online):2042-7670

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