Periódicos Brasileiros em Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

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Surgical treatment of rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in a cat caused by dog bite

Klç, NuhÖzgün Derincegöz, Onur

Background: Cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) ruptures in the cat is uncommon. Rupture of the feline cruciate ligament was generally described as or assumed to be of a traumatic etiology and its surgical repair was documented in individual cases. Traumatic cruciate ruptures commonly occur as a result of falls. While rupture of the CCL is common in those circumstances, it is almost always part of polytrauma to the stifl e. To the authorss knowledge no description has been published of ruptur of CCL in cats caused by dog bite. This paper reports a fi rst case of ruptur of CCL caused by dog attack in a Turkish Angora cat.Case: A 2 year-old intact female Turkish Angora cat was presented because of acute pain in the left hindquarters. The cat experienced diffi culty in locomotion and weight-bearing on left hind limb. The owner reported that the cat was attacked from a Bull Terrier dog. Since then, the cat had lameness. Examination under general anesthesia revealed a pronounced cranial drawer sign in the left stifl e joints. Radiographic examinations revealed distal displacement of the left popliteal sesamoid bones and cranial displacement of the tibia. Surgical exploration confi rmed cranial cruciate rupture of the left stifl e. Contusions were pronounced in the soft tissues surrounding the stifl e joints suggesting a traumatic etiology. The involved stifl e joints were stabilized

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