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Patellar Luxation in Cattle

By Paul R. Greenough, FRCVS, Professor Emeritus of Veterinary Surgery, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

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Intermittent fixation of the patella on the upper part of the femoral trochlea results in a characteristic jerky action of one or both hindlimbs. The limb remains in caudal extension for a longer period than normal and may even be dragged for a few steps before clicking forward to a normal posture. In young animals, the condition may resolve spontaneously. For luxations that do not resolve, medial patellar desmotomy should be performed.