Central tarsal bone fractures in the racing Greyhound: a review of 114 cases

J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1984 Jun 15;184(12):1486-91.


A total of 114 central tarsal bone (Tc) fractures, including associated secondary fractures, were identified in 114 racing Greyhounds. The fractures were classified according to a previously described scheme. The type IV Tc fracture, dorsal and medial slab fractures, was most common. A Tc fracture alone, or a Tc fracture with associated fractures of the 4th tarsal bone (T4), calcaneus, or T4 and lateral base of the 5th metatarsal bone were the most commonly observed. The prevalence of secondary fractures increased with the severity of the Tc fracture. Management of Tc fractures involved 3 methods: coaptation, single-screw fixation, and 2-screw fixation. Additional repair was performed as indicated by the presence of concurrent secondary fractures. A total of 71% of the dogs returned to competitive racing.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Dog Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Dog Diseases / surgery*
  • Dogs
  • Fracture Fixation, Intramedullary / veterinary*
  • Fractures, Bone / classification
  • Fractures, Bone / diagnostic imaging
  • Fractures, Bone / veterinary*
  • Hindlimb / injuries*
  • Prognosis
  • Radiography
  • Running
  • Tarsal Bones / diagnostic imaging
  • Tarsal Bones / injuries*
  • Tarsus, Animal / diagnostic imaging
  • Tarsus, Animal / injuries*