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Type I External Skeletal Fixation of Radial Fractures in Microchiropterans
James F. X. Wellehan, Mark S. Zens, Amy A. Bright and Shauna J. Voss
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Vol. 32, No. 4 (Dec., 2001), pp. 487-493
Published by: American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20096153
Page Count: 7
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An adult male big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus) and an adult female hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus) were presented with open transverse middiaphyseal left radial fractures. Initial repair was attempted by intramedullary pinning. When the fractures did not heal, intramedullary pins were removed and type I external skeletal fixators were placed. The fractures healed, and the big brown bat regained normal flight but the hoary bat did not.
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine © 2001 American Association of Zoo Veterinarians