Case Report

Femoral capital physeal dysplasia in a young Golden retriever

  • K. J. M. Van Hoof
  • E. Van der Vekens
  • Y. Samoy
  • E. de Bakker
  • E. Stock


A one-year-old, male, neutered Golden retriever was presented with chronic progressive symptoms of pain and lameness of the hind limbs. Orthopedic examination revealed muscle atrophy of both hind limbs, severe pain reaction at passive extension of the hips and crepitation on palpation of the coxofemoral joints. A ventrodorsal radiograph of the hips showed a heterogeneous appearance with the presence of osteolytic areas of both femoral necks. There was a bilateral cranial displacement of the femoral neck in respect to the head with a fracture through the physeal plate. Bilateral slipped capital femoral epiphysis disease was diagnosed. A bilateral femoral head and neck excision was performed, followed by fysio- and hydrotherapy. The diagnosis of femoral capital physeal dysplasia may be missed because of the subtle radiographic changes in the first stadia of the disease. An early diagnosis is of major importance because treatment options decrease with progression of the condition.

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Van Hoof, K., Van der Vekens, E., Samoy, Y., de Bakker, E. & Stock, E., (2017) “Femoral capital physeal dysplasia in a young Golden retriever”, Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift 86(1), 35-39. doi:

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Published on
27 Feb 2017
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