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1 September 2012 Implantation of a Titanium Partial Limb Prosthesis in a White-Naped Crane (Grus vipio)
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A female white-naped crane (Grus vipio) was presented with an open, oblique fracture of the distal right tarsometatarsus and concomitant vascular and nerve damage. Conventional fracture fixation repairs failed, which led to implantation of a custom titanium limb prosthesis. After subsequent revisions with 2 different prosthetic devices, limb function was ultimately restored but a later yolk embolism caused a circulatory compromise in the opposite leg, which necessitated euthanasia. Histopathologic results revealed limited ingrowth of bone into the porous coated implant, which indicated that a limb prosthesis may provide salvage for long-legged, heavy-bodied birds with fractures of the tarsometatarsus.

E. Marie Rush, Thomas M. Turner, Ronald Montgomery, Anna L. Ogburn, Robert M. Urban, Chris Sidebothum, and Andrew LaVasser "Implantation of a Titanium Partial Limb Prosthesis in a White-Naped Crane (Grus vipio)," Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 26(3), 167-175, (1 September 2012). https://doi.org/10.1647/2009-012R2.1
Published: 1 September 2012
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