A method for making reproducible experimental fractures of the rabbit tibia

Injury. 1982 Nov;14(3):236-42. doi: 10.1016/0020-1383(82)90134-6.


A method for making reproducible fractures of the tibia of the rabbit is described. The fractures may be stabilized by plating with either metallic compression, or plastic plates. If a stainless steel dynamic compression plate is used, the rigid immobilization of the fragments leads to direct Haversian remodelling across the fracture, i.e. primary healing, whereas when a plastic plate is used, the fixation is unstable and this leads to secondary healing with the development of a cartilaginous callus. Thus the method of healing may be determined predictably.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bony Callus / pathology
  • Disease Models, Animal*
  • Fracture Fixation, Internal / methods
  • Male
  • Rabbits
  • Tibia / pathology
  • Tibial Fractures / etiology*
  • Tibial Fractures / pathology
  • Tibial Fractures / physiopathology
  • Wound Healing