Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 2024; 37(02): 107-114
DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-1776332
Clinical Communication

Use of a Modified Intramedullary Pinning Technique for Distal Femoral Physeal Salter–Harris Type I and II Fracture Management: A Retrospective Study of 31 Cats

Laura Bondonny
1   Service de Chirurgie, CHV Onlyvet, Saint Priest, France
Maxime Jacqmin
1   Service de Chirurgie, CHV Onlyvet, Saint Priest, France
François-Xavier Ferrand
1   Service de Chirurgie, CHV Onlyvet, Saint Priest, France
Mathieu Taroni
1   Service de Chirurgie, CHV Onlyvet, Saint Priest, France
Pablo Rivier
1   Service de Chirurgie, CHV Onlyvet, Saint Priest, France
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Objective To report a modified intramedullary pinning technique, and associated outcomes, for distal femoral physeal Salter–Harris type I and II fracture management in cats.

Study Design Retrospective study including client-owned cats presented between November 2014 and February 2022 with distal femoral physeal fractures treated with an intramedullary pin and one antirotational pin inserted in the lateral femoral condyle. Collected data included signalment, fracture characteristics according to the Salter–Harris classification, surgical data (intramedullary and antirotational pin sizes), and outcome data (radiographic and functional outcomes and complications).

Results Thirty-one cats were included in this study. Bone healing was radiographically confirmed 6 to 8 weeks postoperatively in all cases. The majority of cats (30/31) were classified as full functional outcomes at mid-term follow-up. The overall mid-term complication rate was 3% (1/31). Implant migration was not observed and implant removal was not needed in any case.

Conclusion The modified intramedullary pinning technique for distal femoral Salter–Harris I and II fracture management in cats was associated with an full functional outcome.

Authors' Contribution

L.B. contributed to study design, acquisition of data, and data analysis and interpretation. M.J., F.-X.F., and M.T. contributed to acquisition of data and data analysis and interpretation. P.R. contributes to conception of study, study design, acquisition of data, and data analysis and interpretation. All authors drafted, revised, and approved the submitted manuscript.


Eingereicht: 13. Oktober 2022

Angenommen: 27. September 2023

Artikel online veröffentlicht:
31. Oktober 2023

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