Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 2001; 14(01): 56-59
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1632674
Case Report
Schattauer GmbH

Synovial osteochondromatosis in the elbow joint of a Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)

M. C. Williams
2  Department of PathoIogy, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa
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N. E. Lambrechts
1  Department of Companion Animal Surgery, University of Pretoria, Republic of South Africa
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Publication History

Received 18 June 2000

Accepted 03 November 2000

Publication Date:
09 February 2018 (online)

Summary

A 10-year-old Bengal tiger with a history of chronic thoracic limb lameness was presented for clinical evaluation. Radiographs of the elbows revealed extensive osteophyte formation in both joints and three ovoid mineralised densities in the right joint. Joint fluid analysis was consistent with a degenerative joint process. The joints were partially explored arthroscopically. A medial arthrotomy of the right joint allowed collection of synovial membrane samples which, when examined histopathologically, revealed the presence of cartilaginous nodules with central endochondral ossification within the synovial membrane. A diagnosis of synovial osteochondromatosis was made. This case is compared to other cases described in veterinary and human medical literature.

Clinical, radiological, and histopathological description of synovial osteochondromatosis in the elbow joint of a Bengal tiger.