Avulsion of the greater trochanter and craniodorsal luxation of the hip joint in a cat: importance of precise radiographic evaluation

Document Type : Scientific report


Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, School of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, University of Bologna, 40064 Ozzano dell’Emilia, Bologna, Italy


A traumatic coxofemoral luxation was diagnosed in a 15-month-old European neutered male cat, and on the basis of the radiographic evaluation a closed reduction was performed. Consequently, the cat was presented at the University of Bologna because of the failure of the treatment. A supplementary radiographic exam revealed the concomitant avulsion of the greater trochanter, consequently surgical management of the coxofemoral luxation was attempted successfully. Therefore, correct planning of the radiographic examination should be considered to prevent possible mistakes.