Tension band plating of an olecranon fracture in a bull. Academic Article uri icon


  • A 1,018-kg (2,240-lb), 6-year-old bull was admitted for evaluation of a left forelimb lameness of 7 days' duration. Radiographic views of the proximal portion of the left forelimb revealed a type-III olecranon fracture that was minimally displaced. Conservative treatment, including stall confinement and administration of anti-inflammatory drugs, was attempted. Subsequent radiographic views, 27 days later, revealed displacement of the fracture with minimal callus formation. Open reduction and internal fixation was performed by placing a 4.5-mm, 10-hole broad dynamic-compression on the caudal surface of the olecranon. Good anatomic reduction was achieved, returning the bull to full weightbearing. Eight months following surgery the owners reported the bull was sound at a walk and able to breed cows.

published proceedings

  • J Am Vet Med Assoc

author list (cited authors)

  • Hague, B. A., Watkins, J. P., Hooper, R. N., Taylor, T. S., & Roussel, A. J

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Hague, BA||Watkins, JP||Hooper, RN||Taylor, TS||Roussel, AJ

publication date

  • September 1997