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Alan Ruggles, Jeffrey Watkins

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Jörg Auer

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Type 3 olecranon fractures

Fracture characteristics

Type 3 olecranon fractures are transverse, non-articular, non-physeal fractures of the midbody of the olecranon.
These fractures are rare and may occur in more mature horse than foals.


Clinical signs

The majority of patients present with a characteristically dropped elbow and stand with the carpus flexed and severely lame if the fracture is displaced.
There will be varying degrees of soft-tissue swelling in the region of the elbow. Most of these fractures are closed, but occasionally they will present with a wound secondary to the trauma which caused the fracture.

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