Patellar ligament rupture in a cat treated with autologous fascia lata graft augmentation

Publication date 24th February 2020
Authors Stefano Manca, PG Witte


A five-year-old male domestic shorthair cat has been referred with a two-week history of lameness affecting the right hind limb. Gait assessment revealed an involuntary flexion of the stifle during the stance phase with excessive hip extension and stifle flexion in the terminal phase of the stride. Physical examination and radiographs have been performed and were consistent with patellar ligament rupture. Surgical correction consisted of primary tendon tenorrhaphy, circumpatellar suture and fascia lata graft augmentation. Eight months following surgery, validated owner questionnaire confirmed an excellent outcome.