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multiple lateral fabella

Customer Question

what is multiple lateral fabellae?
My 9 month old yellow lab has just been diagnosed with this and
the vet said she had never seen it before, My dogs hind legs will
giveout on her suddenly. She was also diag. with moderate to
sever hip dyplasia on both hips.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
This is a knee injury and often knee issues go with hip issues.
There is a rather technical discussion of this problem here http://cal.vet.upenn.edu/saortho/chapter_80/80mast.htm
and a more readable one here
http://www.slocumenterprises.com/Articles/the_imposters.htm
Hope this helps!
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Nancy Holmes's Post: I was hoping to get an explanation of the health question. The
artcles cited were written by professionals for professionals. I
did not find them helpful at all, I don't know any more htan i did
when I asked the question.
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
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Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

Let's see if I can break this down for you. 


The knee is made up of a lot of parts.  In the front of the knee, you have the patella (kneecap).  The femur is above and the tibia and fibula are below.


Still with me?


At the back of the patella, there is a bean like "part" called the fabella.


  Picture copied from here.


 


When there is a problem like this, the problem is usually centered more around the ligaments of the knee than the knee itself.   You will often see torn cruciates and other ligament issues before you will see a bone break.


The tendons around the knee are what give it its mobility and strength.  When these tendons and ligaments are compromised, you have pain.


It takes all the parts working together to make a healthy knee.


 


Does this help to answer your question?  I fear that my response has been too broad.  Let me know if you still have specific questions about this.

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Tammy Falkner's Post: My vet said that my 9 mos. old lab pup has this condition on
both knees hich she said she has neer seen before since it is
usually caused by trauma and to have identiacl trauma would be
highy unusual. Is this that unusual - what could casue it?
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
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Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

 It's pretty unusual, especially in a dog this age.  Usually, if you see this at this age it is because of a birth defect or other birth problem.


Much like patella luxation and heart defects, this disorder is often inherited.


Does this answer your questions?

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Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Tammy Falkner's Post: I responded and paid already
Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.

 Yes. You did.


 


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