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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Review Article

Year: 2021

Authors: Aghapour, M; Bockstahler, B; Vidoni, B

Title: Evaluation of the femoral and tibial alignments in dogs: A systematic review.

Source: Animals (Basel). 2021; 11(6):1804

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Aghapour Masoud
Bockstahler Barbara
Vidoni Britta

Vetmed Research Units
University Clinic for Small Animals, Clinical Unit of Small Animal Surgery

The assessment of limb conformations in veterinary orthopedics is a significant tool used to determine the quantitative degree of limb malalignments. As in human medicine, various studies have been undertaken in veterinary medicine to determine the values in different dog breeds and to determine the values in healthy and diseased dogs. The objectives of this systematic review were to evaluate the reported values in these articles separately, to compile the standard values, and to compare the values between dogs with and without various orthopedic diseases. All of the articles included in this systematic review were collected by screening the Scopus, PubMed/Medline, and Web of Science databases. The articles were evaluated according to the measured alignments, imaging methods, dog breeds, and the health status of the dogs. Each alignment was investigated separately, and the results are summarized. Twenty-nine studies were included in this systematic review. According to the studies, in the frontal plane, distal femoral alignments, as well as proximal and distal tibial alignments, corresponded to the severity of the medial patellar luxation. The difference between affected and non-affected dogs with cranial cruciate ligament disease was limited to the proximal tibial alignments in the sagittal plane.

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