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1 March 2004 Arthrodesis as a Treatment for Metacarpophalangeal Joint Luxation in 2 Raptors
Arnaud J. Van Wettere, Patrick T. Redig
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Two raptors, a juvenile prairie falcon (Falco mexicanus) and an adult female great horned owl (Bubo virginianus), were presented with luxation of the metacarpophalangeal joint. Additionally, the falcon had a distal metacarpal articular fracture, and the owl had an open wound at the luxation site. After supportive care, both birds were treated by arthrodesis of the metacarpophalangeal joint. A Type 1 external skeletal fixator was applied to stabilize the joint and to allow bony fusion to occur. Bony fusion occurred in 6 and 9 weeks in the falcon and the owl, respectively. Full flight capacity was restored, and both birds were released into the wild. Arthrodesis represents a viable option for the treatment of metacarpophalangeal joint luxations or articular fractures of the associated bone in avian species when treatment by reduction and stabilization fails.

Arnaud J. Van Wettere and Patrick T. Redig "Arthrodesis as a Treatment for Metacarpophalangeal Joint Luxation in 2 Raptors," Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 18(1), 23-29, (1 March 2004).
Published: 1 March 2004
articular fracture
Bubo virginianus
Falco mexicanus
great horned owl
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