Case Report: Fractured Lateral Condyle

Drake, a nine-year-old neutered male Catahoula mix, was sunning himself on the second floor deck of his home when he saw a deer in the backyard. The deck had a gate, so he couldn’t get down to the yard. Drake decided to make his own way to the yard and took a leap over the railing to the ground below.

Drake’s Mom immediately realized that something was wrong with his front left leg as he wasn’t able to use it.




She took Drake to his regular veterinarian right away. X-rays were done and a left elbow fracture was noted. The veterinarian immediately referred Drake to the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia for surgery.

After viewing Drake’s x-rays Dr. Bradley was concerned that the fracture was not repairable. If both the medial and lateral condyles (the structure in the joint that allows it to articulate) were fractured a fix might not have been possible. Amputating the limb would be necessary. Drake’s Mom agreed that if no fix was possible amputation would be okay. It’s very difficult to think of your “furry child” missing a limb, but since they walk on all fours it’s much easier for them than it is for a person.

Fortunately only the lateral condyle was fractured so Dr. Bradley was able to repair it. Dr. Bradley placed a pin and a screw to stabilize the fracture. Drake was a real trooper post-op and returned home the next day.

Drake’s parents were very happy that an amputation was not necessary. Drake has returned to have his sutures removed and his family reports that he is doing very well. He feels so good he thinks it’s okay to jump on the couch. Drake will return in four weeks for x-rays to see how well it has healed. In the meantime, Drake has been banned from going up and down stairs and jumping on the couch.