A method for the production of an undisplaced reproducible tibial fracture in the rat

Injury. 1978 May;9(4):278-81. doi: 10.1016/s0020-1383(77)80044-2.


Forty inbred hooded rats sustained a fracture of the left tibia and 2 animals had an additional fracture of the right tibia (44 fractures in 42 rats). Before the fracture, medullary nailing was done with a 0.8-mm stainless-steel wire. Forty-one of the 42 fractures were transverse, 7 of the 42 nails bent more than 15 degrees. Radiological union occurred within 3--4 weeks.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biometry
  • Disease Models, Animal*
  • Fracture Fixation, Intramedullary
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains
  • Tibial Fractures* / surgery
  • Wound Healing