Basic avian bone growth and healing

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There have been few studies on the process of fracture repair in avian species. Most of the information shows similarities between avian and mammalian bone growth and fracture repair, but there are differences. The main finding confirms that fractures must be reduced properly, stabilized, and immobilized with an adequate blood supply to the bone fragments for optimal healing. The return to function of extremities, particularly the legs and wings, is an important consideration when internal fixation methods are used. Causing little or no collateral damage to soft tissue and joint when implanting internal hardware is ideal and reduces the likelihood of impaired function. Whether internal or external fixation methods are used for fracture reduction, the knowledge of avian bone growth and fracture repair is essential for veterinarian understanding and when discussing the healing process with clients.

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The veterinary clinics of North America. Exotic animal practice

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