1Department of Surgery, Anesthesiology and Radiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Dakahlia, 35516, Egypt
2Department of Applied Veterinary Medicine, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Obihiro, Hokkaido, 080-8555, Japan
A 3-year-old Holstein-Friesian cow was evaluated because of sudden onset of right hind limb lameness and pain with fetlock swelling for 2 days. Based on the history, clinical index scores and computed radiographic examinations, the case was accurately diagnosed to be a severely comminuted fracture of the proximal phalanx. This cow was assigned for conservative treatment with external coaptation technique. Over the repair follow-up period, the treated cow showed considerably improved clinical index scores and returned to its previous production level. In conclusion, conservative management of comminuted fractures of the proximal phalanx can provide a proper stabilization of the fracture and enable an affected cow to be returned to its intended production with minimal cost.