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1 December 2017 REPAIR OF A FEMORAL FRACTURE IN A CONGO AFRICAN GREY PARROT (PSITTACUS ERITHACUS ERITHACUS) WITH A PARACORTICAL-CLAMP-CERCLAGE TECHNIQUE
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A 1-yr-old female Congo African grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus erithacus) was admitted with a lameness of the right pelvic limb. On the radiographs a closed, caudolaterally displaced, comminuted, diaphyseal fracture of the femur was diagnosed. Surgery under general anesthesia was performed in order to repair the fracture with a paracortical-clamp-cerclage technique. This straightforward and effective technique has been developed as a low-cost treatment for simple and comminuted diaphyseal fractures in dogs and cats. Fixation is obtained with clamps, shaped during surgery, and attached to the bone shaft with cerclage wire. This technique led to immediate weight-bearing, appropriate bone healing, and permanent fixation of the implants in the patient. To the best of the authors' knowledge, this case represents the first report of a surgical repair of a femoral fracture with a paracortical-clamp-cerclage technique in a bird.

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Pavel Slunsky, Lesley Halter, Svenja Florczak, Alexander Haake, Leo Brunnberg, and Kerstin Müller "REPAIR OF A FEMORAL FRACTURE IN A CONGO AFRICAN GREY PARROT (PSITTACUS ERITHACUS ERITHACUS) WITH A PARACORTICAL-CLAMP-CERCLAGE TECHNIQUE," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 48(4), 1204-1209, (1 December 2017). https://doi.org/10.1638/2016-0295R1.1
Accepted: 1 August 2017; Published: 1 December 2017
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