CC BY 4.0 · VCOT Open 2020; 03(02): e146-e152
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1717125
Case Report

Caudal Cruciate Ligament Rupture in an Adult Dog 8.5 Years Post Juvenile Tibial Plateau Cranial Hemiepiphysiodesis

1  Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Clinica Veterinaria Milano Sud, Peschiera Borromeo, Milano, Italy
Melania Dallago
2  Clinica Veterinaria Zoolife, Mezzolombardo, Trento, Italy
Antonio Ferretti
3  Clinica Veterinaria Dr. Antonio Ferretti, Legnano, Milano, Italy
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The aim of this study was to report a case of caudal cruciate ligament rupture in a 9-year-old dog who underwent juvenile tibial plateau cranial hemiepiphysiodesis that was performed to treat a partial cranial cruciate ligament rupture and excessive tibial plateau angle. A 9-year-old, 45 kg, male Bernese Mountain dog was referred for a non-traumatic acute right pelvic-limb lameness. At the age of 5 months, the dog underwent bilateral tibial plateau cranial hemiepiphysiodesis to treat a bilateral partial cranial cruciate ligament rupture and excessive tibial plateau angles. At clinical examination, a caudal tibial subluxation of the right stifle was detected. The right tibial plateau angle was 3 degree. Arthroscopy confirmed a complete caudal cruciate ligament rupture. The cranial cruciate ligament was partially torn. A diagnosis of caudal cruciate ligament rupture 8.5 years post juvenile tibial plateau hemiepiphysiodesis was made. A tibial plateau overcorrection might have contributed to caudal cruciate ligament rupture in this dog.

Authors' Contributions

M.P. and M.D. wrote the manuscript. M.P. and A.F. performed the surgeries, clinical and radiographic examinations, radiographic measurements, and supervised the manuscript as well.

Publication History

Received: 13 October 2019

Accepted: 31 July 2020

Publication Date:
14 October 2020 (online)

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