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1 March 2004 TIBIOTARSAL FRACTURE REPAIR IN A BALD EAGLE (HALIAEETUS LEUCOCEPHALUS) USING AN INTERLOCKING NAIL
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A 14-yr-old, 5.13-kg bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) was hit by a car and presented to the Michigan State University Small Animal Clinic with an open, grade II, transverse, midshaft, Winquist–Hansen type-II–comminuted left tibiotarsal fracture. The fracture was reduced and fixation established with a 4.7-mm-diameter, 112-mm-long, four-hole veterinary intramedullary interlocking nail maintained in position by single 2-mm transcortical screws placed in the main proximal and distal fragments. The bird was weight bearing on the bandaged limb 48 hr postoperatively. Radiographs obtained 4 wk postoperatively revealed bridging callus over three of four cortices. The bird was released after 5 mo of rehabilitation.

Simon Hollamby, Loic M. Dejardin, James G. Sikarskie, and Jennifer Haeger "TIBIOTARSAL FRACTURE REPAIR IN A BALD EAGLE (HALIAEETUS LEUCOCEPHALUS) USING AN INTERLOCKING NAIL," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 35(1), (1 March 2004). https://doi.org/10.1638/02-086
Received: 26 November 2002; Published: 1 March 2004
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