R. Sato et al.Paola Orioli
- Riferimento: Large Animal Review 2017; 23: 115-117
- Abstract: A 30-month-old Holstein heifer was pushed by another cow in the same barn and fell, and subsequently presented with bleeding from the medial side of the lower left tibia, with non-weight-bearing lameness in the left hind leg. At the first physical examination, body temperature was 41.8°C, heart rate was 140 BPM, respiratory rate was 60 breaths per minute, and swelling and abnormal movement in the lower left leg were confirmed. Furthermore, a 5 × 10 cm open wound with bleeding was present in the medial side. A fractured tibial stump was palpable internally. A blood test confirmed a low hematocrit value. Digital radiography performed to examine showed a spiral fracture of the left tibia. In addition, a rectal examination confirmed the survival of the fetus. Although surgical correction presented difficulties because of necrosis in the tissues surrounding the fracture site, we were of the opinion that the pain could be eliminated and the pregnancy could be maintained by amputation of the limb at the level of the femur. At three weeks following the amputation, the heifer could stand, and was able to walk at four weeks. Pregnancy was maintained until the last trimester, and a healthy calf was delivered through a cesarean section. In the present case, amputation was shown to be a useful method to maintain a pregnancy toward the full term for a heifer in second/third trimester where a treatment of lower leg fracture with reduction through external or internal fixation was difficult.
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- Specie: animali da reddito
- Anno: 2017
- Rivista: Large Animals Review
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