Congenital radial head sub-luxation was diagnosed in a 7-month-old, neutered male shih tzu that presented with a limb deformity and severe lameness of the right fore limb. Radiography revealed a craniolateral sub-luxation of the right radial head, which was treated by radial head ostectomy, fixation of the radius to the ulna with a screw and joint stabilisation with suture-anchors and cerclage wire.

Surgical treatment followed by physiotherapy resulted in a fully functional, well-aligned and non-painful elbow.

Category: Elbow

Erosion of the medial compartment of the elbow joint refers to full thickness cartilage loss with exposure of the subchondral bone (modified Outerbridge grades 4-5) of the medial part of the humeral condyle (MHC) and the corresponding ulnar contact area. This finding may appear in the absence of an osteochondral fragment or a cartilage flap, or in combination with fragmentation of the medial coronoid process (MCP) or osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the MHC.

Category: Dysplasia - Elbow

OBJECTIVES: To compare the development, monitored by radiography and computed tomography, of the antebrachia and elbow joints in seven Labrador Retrievers with healthy elbow joints and in seven Labrador Retrievers that developed medial coronoid disease (MCD), in order to determine whether disturbances in the development of the antebrachia and elbow joints, between the age of six and 17 weeks may lead to medial coronoid disease.

Category: Dysplasia - Elbow - Imaging

OBJECTIVE: To describe the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), arthroscopic, and histopathologic changes in dogs with medial coronoid disease and to identify potential relationships between these findings.

STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series.

Category: Dysplasia - Elbow - Imaging

OBJECTIVE: To document the progression of disease after an unloading procedure when combined with arthroscopic debridement to treat osteochondrosis (OC) lesions affecting the medial humeral condyle in juvenile dogs without medial compartment disease.

STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series.

ANIMALS: Dogs with medial humeral condyle OC (n = 6)

OBJECTIVES:  To report short- and long-term outcomes after arthroscopic treatment in young large breed dogs affected by medial coronoid process disease (MCPD) and identify variables affecting outcome.

STUDY DESIGN: Prospective observational case series.

ANIMALS: Large breed dogs <3 years old (n = 15; 23 elbows).

Category: Arthroscopy - Elbow
Authors: Caron A, Caley A, Farrell M, Fitzpatrick N1.
Journal: VCOT


To determine if the use of a six degrees of freedom marker set would allow new kinematic data of the canine thoracic limbs to be calculated. To identify any significant differences in thoracic limb gait patterns in all planes of motion, between the normal canine population and patients with confirmed medial coronoid disease (MCD).


Authors: Kunst CM1, Pease AP, Nelson NC, Habing G, Ballegeer EA.
Journal: Vet Radiol Ultrasound

Elbow dysplasia is a heritable disease that is a common cause of lameness and progressive elbow osteoarthritis in young large breed dogs. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) screens elbow radiographs, and assigns grades 0-3 based on presence and severity of bony proliferation on the anconeal process. Grade 1 is assigned when less than 3 mm is present and considered positive for dysplasia.

Authors: García-Fernández P1, Quero Martín P, Mayenco A, Gardoqui M, Calvo I.
Journal: VCOT

Disruption of the triceps tendon insertion is an uncommon injury, with only a few reports of traumatic triceps tendon avulsion in dogs or cats present in the veterinary literature. Although this injury has been previously described in two dogs that had received a local injection of corticosteroids for the treatment of soft tissue injuries, reports with long term clinical follow-up and outcome in working dogs are lacking. This report describes two surgically treated cases of complete triceps tendon avulsion rupture in Malinois police dogs.

Authors: Goodrich ZJ1, Norby B, Eichelberger BM, Friedeck WO, Callis HN, Hulse DA, Kerwin SC, Fox DB, Saunders WB.
Journal: Vet Surg


To report thoracic limb alignment values in healthy dogs; to determine if limb alignment values are significantly different when obtained from standing versus recumbent radiographic projections.


Prospective cross-sectional study.


Labrador Retrievers (n = 45) >15 months of age.