Methylmethacrylate and Bone Screw Repair of Seventh Lumbar Vertebral Fracture-Luxations in Dogs

J Small Anim Pract. 1996 Aug;37(8):381-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5827.1996.tb02421.x.


Fracture-luxations of the seventh lumbar vertebrae in two large dogs were stabilised with bone screws and methylmethacrylate. Screws inserted bilaterally into the bodies of the lumbar vertebrae and ilial wings were left protruding by about 2 cm, and embedded in methylmethacrylate bone cement. Implant failure occurred in one dog six days after surgery, necessitating a revision of the fixation. Fracture healing and return of normal ambulation occurred in both dogs. Implants were removed in one dog because of screw loosening and discomfort.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Dogs / surgery*
  • Fractures, Bone / surgery
  • Fractures, Bone / veterinary*
  • Internal Fixators / veterinary*
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / injuries*
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / surgery*
  • Male
  • Methylmethacrylate
  • Methylmethacrylates* / analysis
  • Methylmethacrylates* / pharmacokinetics*
  • Methylmethacrylates* / therapeutic use*


  • Methylmethacrylates
  • Methylmethacrylate