Multiple bilateral fractures of the lumbar transverse processes in a roe deer (Capreolus capreolus)

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Abstract

Multiple bilateral fractures of the lumbar transverse processes were radiographically identified postmortem in a recently captured roe deer (Capreolus capreolus). These fractures were probably caused by an avulsion of the psoas major occurring during introduction into the transport box. The deer probably died from shock caused by the fractures, muscle damage, and subsequent hemorrhage. Although easily overlooked, fractured lumbar transverse processes may indicate inadequate postcapture management practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-390
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001

Keywords

  • Capreolus capreolus
  • Lumbar fracture
  • Restraint
  • Roe deer
  • Transverse processes

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