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Open reduction and internal fixation of a comminuted femoral fracture with plate–rod technique in a wedge-capped capuchin (Cebus olivaceous)
  1. Ayyappan S1,
  2. Kavita Sant2,
  3. Nagarajan Lakshmanan1,
  4. Natasha Mootoo1 and
  5. Jenelle Johnson2
  1. 1 Clinical Veterinary Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
  2. 2 Avian and Exotics, School of Veterinary Medicine, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ayyappan S; drayyappans{at}


A 3-year-old intact male wedge-capped capuchin (Cebus olivaceous) was diagnosed with a complete fracture of the left femur. Radiographs confirmed a closed, complete, comminuted fracture of the distal one third of the left femur with caudolateral displacement. External co-aptation and intramedullary pinning techniques were considered inadequate owing to the possibility of implant failure or the development of fracture disease. A biological fixation of the fracture was accomplished using a 2 mm veterinary cuttable plate and a 2 mm Kirschner wire. Following apposition and alignment of the fracture, the pin was placed normograde and the plate was applied as a bridging plate. Owner compliance was critical to prevent patient self-mutilation. The intramedullary pin, plate and screws were not removed. Postoperative wound healing was uneventful. Progressive secondary bone healing was noticed on serial radiographic study carried out on the 12th, 35th and 63rd postoperative days. Full weight bearing was evident by the 35th postoperative day.

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  • Contributors AS: The primary surgeon in the case was responsible for planning and performing the operative procedure. KS: Assisting surgeon in the case. NL: Responsible for induction, monitoring and maintenance of anaesthesia. NFAM: Responsible for pre- and postoperative imaging studies. JJ: Responsible for postoperative care and for monitoring the progress of the case.

  • Competing interests There are no competing interests.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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