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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2012

Authors: Gumpenberger, M; Scope, A

Title: Computed tomography of coxofemoral injury in five mute swans (Cygnus olor).

Source: Avian Pathol. 2012; 41(5):465-468

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Gumpenberger Michaela
Scope Alexandra

Vetmed Research Units
University Clinic for Small Animals, Clinical Unit of Diagnostic Imaging
University Clinic for Small Animals, Clinical Unit of Internal Medicine Small Animals

Five mute swans (Cygnus olor) were presented with inability to stand or with abnormal positioning of a leg. Clinical examinations indicated the possibility of femoral fractures or coxofemoral luxations. The suspected diagnosis was proven by means of computed tomography (CT), while superimposition of gastrointestinal contents or other artefacts limited radiographic diagnosis in three birds. A typical CT sign for lesions of the coxofemoral joint apart from femoral displacement was haemorrhage within the pelvic bones (especially around the acetabulum), found in four of the five birds. Small femoral head avulsion fractures could be detected only with CT.

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