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Effect of tibial rotation on the tibial plateau angle measurement in dogs: An ex vivo study

Buirkle, Corinne L., Aulakh, Karanvir S., Gines, J. Alberto, Rademacher, Nathalie, Liu, Chin‐Chi, Barnes, Katherine
Veterinary surgery 2019 v.48 no.3 pp. 408-416
analysis of variance, cranial cruciate ligament, dogs, hindlimbs, osteoarthritis, radiography, statistical models, stifle, surgery, tibia
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of tibial rotation on radiographic tibial plateau angle (TPA) measurement in normal and cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL)‐deficient stifles. STUDY DESIGN: Cadaveric study. SAMPLE POPULATION: Five pairs of canine cadaver hind limbs with no stifle osteoarthritis. METHODS: Mediolateral radiographs of each specimen were obtained at 0°, 10°, 20°, and 30° of internal and external rotation of the tibia with both intact and transected CrCL. Two Kirschner wires were placed at the cranial and caudal landmarks of the tibial plateau, and the 0° views were imaged again, representing the anatomic TPA. Five observers measured the TPA twice on all images. Measurements were compared by using a mixed‐model ANOVA. Intraobserver and interobserver variability were evaluated by using the coefficient of variation. RESULTS: Tibial plateau angle did not differ among the anatomic, CrCL‐intact, and CrCL‐deficient 0° views or between the CrCL‐intact and CrCL‐deficient views at the various tibial rotations. The only difference detected was between CrCL‐intact stifles radiographed at 0° and external rotation (range, 1.16°‐1.6°; P = .016, P = .001, and P < .001). Tibial rotation, CrCL transection, and their interaction all failed to influence intraobserver and interobserver variability (P > .05). CONCLUSION: In CrCL‐deficient stifles, tibial rotation of up to 30° internally and externally did not result in clinically relevant changes in TPA measurements. CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE: The TPA can be successfully measured with up to 30° of internal and external tibial rotation in CrCL‐deficient stifles with no osteoarthritic changes.