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Mammals (other)
Patella fracture repair in a black and white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata)
  1. Marie Kubiak1 and
  2. Mark Barton2
  1. 1Zoo and Exotics Department, Manor Vets, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2Department of Surgery, Manor Vets, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Marie Kubiak, mariek{at}


A female black and white ruffed lemur presented for 10/10 lameness. Radiographs demonstrated a transverse patellar fracture with avulsion of the proximal fragment. Surgical repair was carried out and rehabilitation was completed using a purpose-designed enclosure. Successful return to normal bipedal and quadrupedal mobility was achieved.

  • Orthopaedics
  • Zoo animals
  • Surgery

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