Topographic bone density of the radius and ulna in greyhounds and labrador retrievers with and without medial coronoid process disease

Andrew Phillips*, Neil J. Burton, Chris Mark Robert Warren-Smith, Elvin R. Kulendra, Kevin J. Parsons

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Abstract

Objective: To quantify, using computed tomography (CT), cross-sectional ulnar bone density (UBD), and regional radial bone density (RRBD) at the level of the medial coronoid process (MCP) in elbows with and without medial coronoid process disease (MCPD) and with and without fragmentation of MCP (FCP). Study Design: Retrospective clinical case-control and ex vivo study. Sample Population: Labrador Retriever elbows (n=54) and normal cadaveric Greyhound elbows (11) undergoing elbow CT. Materials and Methods: Labrador Retriever elbows were divided into 2 groups: (1) clinically unaffected and (2) MCPD-affected elbows. This 2nd group was subdivided based on the presence of a displaced FCP. UBD was measured linearly, in Hounsfield units (HU) across the widest part of the ulna incorporating the MCP. The radial head was divided into 6 zones, with mean RRBD (HU) calculated for each group. Results: MCPD-affected Labrador Retriever elbows had significantly lower UBD within the MCP with a higher UBD in the cranial ulnar medulla. Lower RRBD was also seen in the radial head adjacent to the MCP in MCPD-affected Labrador Retriever elbows with FCP compared with Labrador Retriever elbows without FCP. Greyhounds had consistently lower RRBD and UBD at the apex of the MCP compared with clinically unaffected Labrador Retriever elbows. Conclusions: Our results suggest a caudolateral load-transfer shift through the ulna in MCPD-affected elbow joints, unloading the MCP. Changes in regional radial head bone density suggest that the radial head is involved in the pathogenesis of MCPD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-190
Number of pages11
JournalVeterinary Surgery
Volume44
Issue number2
Early online date16 Oct 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015

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