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Christen, C; Fischer, I; von Rechenberg, B; Flückiger, M; Hatt, J M (2005). Evaluation of a maxillofacial miniplate compact 1.0 for stabilization of the ulna in experimentally induced ulnar and radial fractures in pigeons (Columba livia). Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery, 19(3):185-190.



Bone healing of the ulna after osteotomy and fixation with a maxillofacial miniplate (Compact 1.0) was studied in feral pigeons (Columba livia). The ulna and radius were transected with an oscillating bone saw to produce a diaphyseal fracture. Two different procedures for fixation were compared. In procedure 1 (n = 6), the ulna was stabilized with a 6-hole maxillofacial miniplate. In procedure 2 (n = 4), the ulna was stabilized with the plate, and the radius was stabilized with an intramedullary 1.0 Kirschner wire. Plate distortion and bending occurred in all 6 birds with fractures that were immobilized with the plate only, and 1 plate failure was noted with subsequent synostosis. When both bones were immobilized, 2 cases of minimal plate deformation and 1 case of cortical fragment displacement occurred. Callus formation was significantly less pronounced after procedure 2 as compared with procedure 1; however, primary bone healing was not achieved with either procedure. From these results we conclude that dorsal single plating of the ulna with a 6-hole maxillofacial miniplate in experimentally induced ulnar and radial fractures in pigeons does not result in adequate stabilization.

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals > Division of Diagnostic Imaging
05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals > Clinic for Zoo Animals, Exotic Pets and Wildlife
05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Equine Department > Equine Clinic
DDC:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Uncontrolled Keywords:fracture repair, maxillofacial miniplate, ulna, radius, avian, pigeon, Columba livia
Deposited On:27 Mar 2009 15:02
Last Modified:27 Nov 2013 16:39
Publisher:Association of Avian Veterinarians
Publisher DOI:10.1647/2004-010.1
Citations:Web of Science®. Times Cited: 4
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