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Hannover, Germany

Warschau M.,Klinik fur Heinntiere | Becker A.,Klinik fur Heinntiere | Baur K.,Klinik fur Heinntiere | Kostlinger S.,Klinik fur Heinntiere | And 2 more authors.

A five-year-old female rabbit was presented with anorexia and an inability to close its mouth. X-rays and computed tomography confirmed the suspected bilateral luxation of the temporomandibular joints in a rostrodorsal direction. Repositioning of the mandible was performed under general anaesthesia. Following a spontaneous reluxation, the maxilla and mandible were immobilised by interlocking the upper and lower incisors. Twelve days after surgery the composite bridge broke. The mandible stayed in its physiological position, and a discrete, though inadequate, food intake was observed. Subsequently, a purulent alveolitis of the lower incisors developed. The incisors were therefore extracted and anti-inflammatory treatment was applied. The dwarf rabbit was euthanised four weeks later due to a a recurrence of the bilateral reluxation of its temporomandibular joints. Source

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