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1 March 2013 SURGICAL AND MEDICAL MANAGEMENT FOR FRACTURES OF THE SECOND THROUGH FIFTH METACARPALS IN A RED RUFFED LEMUR (VARECIA RUBRA)
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A 21-yr-old female red ruffed lemur (Varecia rubra) was presented with swelling and disuse of the right manus. Severely displaced fractures of metacarpals II–V were diagnosed radiographically. The fractures were surgically stabilized with intramedullary Kirschner wires attached externally with an acrylic external fixator and a bone plate on the dorsal aspect of metacarpal III. The fractures of metacarpals II–V were predominantly healed on radiographs obtained 12 wk after surgery. However, diffuse disuse osteopenia and phalangeal contracture were present, with possible osteomyelitis. An exercise regimen of the affected hand was initiated due to the incomplete extension of the phalanges. After 4 wk of therapy, the extension of the phalanges had improved and the fractures appeared radiographically to be nearly completely healed. Although metacarpal fractures are common in nonhuman primates, they are reported infrequently in the literature.

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Shannon N. S. Cerveny, Justin Harper, Andra Voges, and Rob L. Coke "SURGICAL AND MEDICAL MANAGEMENT FOR FRACTURES OF THE SECOND THROUGH FIFTH METACARPALS IN A RED RUFFED LEMUR (VARECIA RUBRA)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 44(1), 215-219, (1 March 2013). https://doi.org/10.1638/1042-7260-44.1.215
Received: 25 June 2012; Published: 1 March 2013
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