|Author(s)||Rolfe Radcliffe, Tracy A. Turner, Catherine H. Radcliffe and Robin W. Radcliffe|
|Journal||Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine|
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