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Arquivo Brasileiro de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

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BORGES, A.S. et al. Vertebral fractures in large animals: retrospective study of 39 cases (1987-2002). Arq. Bras. Med. Vet. Zootec. [online]. 2003, vol.55, n.2, pp.127-132. ISSN 0102-0935.

It was performed a retrospective study (1987-2002) of clinical features of spinal fractures in the equine, bovine, ovine, caprine and swine referred to the Veterinary Hospital - FMVZ-Unesp in Botucatu, SP, Brazil. All the cases were confirmed by necropsy or radiographic evaluation. Bovines were the most affected species, followed by horses, sheep, goats and swines, and lesions occurred from 12 days to 10 years of age, being more frequent up to 12 months of age. Thoracic vertebrae were the most affected, followed by lumbar, cervical and sacral segments. Vertebral fractures should be included for differential diagnosis of recumbent animals, independently on species, sex or age.

Keywords : vertebral fracture; neurology; mielopathy; recumbency.

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