Arthroscopic treatment of shoulder osteochondritis dissecans in a Labrador Retriever
A 7-month-old female Labrador retriever was referred with a 2 month long history of left forelimb lameness. Radiography of the forelimb revealed a mild flattening of the caudal humeral head and a faint mineralisation caudal to the humeral head.
CT arthrogram was performed and was diagnostic of osteochondritis dissecans of the humeral head. A joint mouse was also visible within the shoulder joint.
The shoulder was explored arthroscopically allowing minimally invasive removal of the joint mouse and cartilage flap.
Large joint mouse being grasped with arthroscopic graspers
Cartilage flap in situ on the caudal humeral head
After 6 weeks of rest and rehabilitation this dog made excellent progress and has now resumed the normal activity of a pet dog.
Surgery was carried out by Eastcott ReferralsDuncan is