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Monday, May 23 • 14:30 - 15:30
Clinical diagnosis of cruciate disease: What are we missing?

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Cruciate disease has been described as the “Achilles heel” of dogs. The lameness and osteoarthritis that result are the most common orthopaedic presentation in small animal practice. Cruciate disease is also the most commonly operated orthopaedic problem in dogs. Despite this many cases of cruciate disease are not diagnosed or managed effectively despite repeat presentations of the animal by the owner. Why is this? Traditionally we have been taught that diagnosing cruciate disease requires demonstration of stifle joint instability. Through a better understanding of disease progression we now know that cruciate instability is the end-stage of a slowly progressive disease. We also know that by waiting until the joint is unstable before operating we increase the risk of secondary meniscal injury and more severe osteoarthritis by 160 fold. This session will use video case studies to focus in a very practical way on the key points that simplify early clinical diagnosis of cruciate disease. The importance of radiographs in the diagnosis and treatment decision-making in cruciate disease will be highlighted through case studies.

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Associate Professor Mark Glyde

Associate Professor, Small Animal Surgery, Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital
Mark Glyde BVSc MACVSc MVS HDipUTL DiplomateECVS Mark is Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery at Murdoch University and heads the busy orthopaedic and neurosurgery referral service. Mark was in small animal practice for 11 years and a practice partner for five years before... Read More →

Monday May 23, 2016 14:30 - 15:30 ACST
Hall L Adelaide Convention Centre