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Buttress plating of a Salter-Harris type III distal radial physeal fracture in a miniature dachshund
  1. Jose Labrador1 and
  2. Philip Georg Witte2
  1. 1 Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists LLP, Ringwood, UK
  2. 2 Orthopaedics, Southern Counties Veterinary Specialists, Ringwood, UK
  1. Correspondence to Jose Labrador; labradorjmi{at}


A Salter-Harris type III left distal radial physeal fracture in a miniature dachshund was stabilised using a medially applied 1.5-mm veterinary cuttable plate in buttress fashion and seven 1.5-mm cortical screws. Lameness resolved following surgery and the outcome was optimal, with long-term follow-up including veterinary examination and radiography 18 months following surgery revealing no lameness, no muscle atrophy, symmetrical carpal range of motion and no evidence of implant-related complications or carpal periarticular new bone formation. There are few reports in the veterinary literature of Salter-Harris type III fractures and, besides humeral condylar fracture repair, few reports of true buttress plating.

  • buttress plate
  • fracture
  • radius
  • dog
  • canine
  • orthopaedics
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  • Contributors PGW initially suggested writing the case report and provided valuable and relevant bibliography as a baseline for JL's first case report, further multiple critical reviews of the manuscript and technical and linguistic corrections; main surgeon of the reported procedure and responsible for clinical and radiographic follow-ups; description of images. JL: bibliographic research and author of the first draft in which the final manuscript is inspired and is responsible for the multiple modifications that it has undergone based on PGW's contributions to the paper; surgical assistant of the reported procedure.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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

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