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Osteochondritis dissecans of the humeral head in two small-breed dogs
  1. M. Bruggeman, DVM1,
  2. D. Van Vynckt, DVM2,
  3. B. Van Ryssen, DVM, PhD2,
  4. G. Bolln, DVM4,
  5. K. Chiers, DVM, PhD, DipECVP3,
  6. I. Gielen, DVM, PhD2 and
  7. H. de Rooster, DVM, MVM, PhD, DipECVS1
  1. 1Department of Medicine and Clinical Biology of Small Animals, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke, Belgium
  2. 2Department of Medical Imaging and Orthopaedics of Domestic Animals, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke, Belgium
  3. 3Department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Poultry Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke, Belgium
  4. 4Tierärztliche Klinik für Kleintiere, Kabels Stieg 41, 22850 Norderstedt, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Dr de Rooster, e-mail: hilde.derooster{at}ugent.be

Abstract

Shoulder pathology consistent with osteochondritis dissecans of the humeral head was diagnosed in two small-breed dogs. In both cases, the diagnosis was made tentatively on the basis of radiography and confirmed by arthroscopy of the affected shoulder joint. Both dogs were successfully treated by surgical removal of a flap of cartilage from the affected area. Clinical and radiographic follow-up was available in both cases. The excised cartilage flaps were examined histopathologically and showed the same characteristics as cartilage flaps from dogs of large breeds prone to developing osteochondritis dissecans of the shoulder.

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