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Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
Year: 2014  |  Volume: 13  |  Issue: 10  |  Page No.: 645 - 647

Bilateral Contracted Flexor Tendon of the Carpal Joint and Congenital Ankylosis of the Humero-Radial Joint in a 72 h Old Heifer Calf: A Case Report

G.E. Ochube, B.Y. Kaltungo and U.B. Abubakar    

Abstract: Congenital anomaly by autosomal recessive genes has been implicated as the main etiology of contracted flexor tendons in musculoskeletal deformities of new borne calves. Surgical intervention of this case revealed that ankylosis was caused by wrong origination and insertion of malformed ulnaris lateralis muscle. A stay in the form of splints was placed throughout the limb. Plasters of Paris were then applied to the whole length of the limb to enhance stability. The surgical site was fenestrated to allow aeration and dressing, the overall result of the procedure was encouraging. After 7 weeks, a second surgery was performed to correct the bilateral contracted flexor tendon of the carpal joint. This was achieved by deep digital flexor tendon tenotomy of the carpal joint and placing a fiber glass cast on both joints.

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