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Osteosynthesis of a mid-diaphysis femoral fracture by using a type I tie-in fixator in a kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

In this case report, the successful management of a traumatic fracture of the femur in a kookaburrausing a type I tie-in-fixator (TIF) is described.A domesticated, five-month-old kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) suffered trauma due to interspeciesaggression. Clinical and radiographic examination showed a closed, multiple transverse, spiralfemoral fracture, located in the mid-diaphysis. Reduction of the fracture was managed using a type ITIF, combining an intra-medullar (IM) pin in combination with an external skeletal fixator. Postoperativeradiographs confirmed an optimal reduction of the fracture and a correct placement of the type ITIF. Recovery was uneventful and correct positioning and normal functioning of the leg were observedimmediately following surgery. One week postoperatively, the bird removed the external fixation butthis did not interfere with the acquired stability and positioning of the affected leg. Two weeks after thesurgery, radiographs confirmed a good healing of the fracture as callus development and bridging ofthe cortices were present. Based on the clinical and radiographic findings, it was decided to remove theIM pin. During a three-month follow-up period, the kookaburra showed full recovery.

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