Document Type: Clinical Report


1 Plastic Repair Reconstructive Surgery Department, Ningbo First Hospital, Ningbo, China.

2 Animal Management Department, Ningbo Youngor Zoo, Ningbo, China.

3 Department of Ultrasound, Ningbo First Hospital, Ningbo, China.


Case Description- Chronic foot disease, which is considered a tremendous clinical challenge, poses a serious threat to the overall health of elephants. We treated an Asian elephant with hoof disease by a creative surgery.
Clinical Findings- An Asian elephant presented with hoof disease, which caused the partial detachment of its right hind foot-pad.
Treatment and Outcome- We fixed the elephant’s foot by using an artificial steel plate and sternal wire, At the same time we adjusted diet. Elephant hoof disease is cured and its function restored.
Clinical Relevance- The utilization of fixation plates can be extremely useful for the treatment of hoof disease in the elephant.


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