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Publication type: Journal Article
Document type: Case Report

Year: 2003

Author(s): Martinek, B; Huber, J; Kofler, J; Bago, Z

Title: [Bilateral avulsion fracture (apophyseolysis) of the calcaneal tuber in a heifer].

Source: Berl Munch Tierarztl Wochenschr. 2003; 116(7-8):328-332

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Altenbrunner-Martinek Birgit
Bago Zoltan Tibor
Huber Johann
Kofler Johann

Vetmed Research Units
University Equine Clinic, Clinical Unit of Equine Surgery
University Clinic for Ruminants, Clinical Unit of Ruminant Medicine
Institute of Pathology

This case report describes the clinical, radiographic, ultrasonographic and histopathological findings of a six-month-old heifer, suffering from bilateral fracture of the calcaneal tuber caused by osteochondrosis. The young cattle was admitted to the clinic for the evaluation of a left hindlimb lameness, having persisted for several weeks. Orthopaedic examination revealed a highly stilted gait with a lameness of the left hind limb, so severe that the heifer was only able to put some weight on the tip of the toe. The calcaneal region on both hindlimbs showed a diffuse swelling, palpation being very painful. The radiological examination revealed a fracture of the calcaneal tuber (apophyseolysis) of both hindlimbs.

Keywords Pubmed: Animals
Cattle Diseases/diagnosis*
Cattle Diseases/radiography
Cattle Diseases/ultrasonography
Fractures, Bone/diagnosis
Fractures, Bone/etiology
Fractures, Bone/veterinary*
Lameness, Animal/etiology
Lameness, Animal/radiography
Lameness, Animal/ultrasonography

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