Arthroscopic surgery in a reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata)

Author(s)Rolfe Radcliffe, Tracy A. Turner, Catherine H. Radcliffe and Robin W. Radcliffe
Year Published1999
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Page Numbers416-420
Size2.49 MB

An 8-mo-old captive male reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) developed an acute lameness (grade IV/V) of the right forelimb, with swelling of the metacarpophalangeal joint. A traumatic injury was suspected based on clinical, radiographic, and arthroscopic evaluation. Several abnormalities were identified arthroscopically, including synovitis, cartilage damage, and an osteochondral fragment. Medial collateral ligament damage was also suspected based on radiographic evaluation. Arthroscopy provided a means of diagnosis and treatment of the abnormalities identified. The lameness in this giraffe resolved within 6 wk following arthroscopic surgery.

Keywords: Giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis, Lameness, Joint disease, Arthroscopy, Arthroscopic surgery

Authors: Rolfe Radcliffe, Tracy A. Turner, Catherine H. Radcliffe and Robin W. Radcliffe

Journal: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine

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