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Bilateral proximal tibial epiphysiodesis and juvenile pubic symphysiodesis in a 22-week-old golden retriever
  1. Thomas Rohwedder1,
  2. Sophie Buchheim2 and
  3. Peter Böttcher1
  1. 1Small Animal Clinic, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  2. 2Department for Small Animal Medicine, University of Leipzig Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Dr Thomas Rohwedder; thomas.rohwedder{at}


A 22-week-old male golden retriever with acute bilateral hind limb lameness was diagnosed with bilateral complete cranial cruciate ligament rupture and hip joint laxity. Laxity index was 0.72 on the left and 0.68 on the right hip joint preoperatively. The dog was treated with simultaneous bilateral proximal tibial epiphysiodesis and juvenile pubic symphysiodesis and followed up for one year after surgery. Lameness resolved completely, and the dog showed a very good long-term outcome. Laxity index, measured four months after initial surgery, was corrected to 0.42 on the left side and 0.45 on the right side. The tibial plateau angle was corrected to 0 degree in the left and 4 degree in the right tibia, resulting in stable and pain-free stifle joints. No complications were observed due to the surgical procedures.

  • hip dysplasia
  • cruciate ligament
  • dogs
  • epiphysiodesis
  • JPS
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  • Contributors Diagnostic and surgical procedures were performed by TR and PB. Rechecks and documentation was performed by TR, PB and SB. The paper was written by all three authors.

  • 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.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

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

  • Data availability statement All data relevant to the study are included in the article.

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