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Multiple Rib Fracture in a Neonatal Foal Using a Nylon Strand Suture Repair Technique

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Objectives

To report rib fracture repair using the Securos Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair System (SCCLRS; Securos Veterinary Orthopedics, Charlton, MA) in a neonatal foal. Study Design

Case report. Animals

A 1-day-old Standardbred foal with fracture of left ribs 2–9. Methods

Four days after admission the foal was anesthetized and rib fractures were repaired using open reduction and the SCCLRS. Results

Rib fractures were successfully stabilized and the foal was discharged 7 days postoperatively without further complications. Conclusions

The SCCLRS provided a straightforward, effective method of rib fracture repair in neonatal foals. Clinical Relevance

Effective rib fracture repair in neonatal foals can be achieved with the SCCLRS.
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Keywords: Securos Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair System; horse; neonatal foal; open reduction internal fixation; rib fracture; thoracic injury

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: From the Department of Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square, PA

Publication date: July 1, 2005

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