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Patellar luxation

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Synonym(s): Luxating patella, Dislocated patella, Dislocated kneecap


Patellar luxation

Patella is another name for the kneecap and luxation means dislocation, so a patellar luxation refers to a dislocated kneecap. Lameness may be noticed in the hind limb and reluctance to jump, depending on the degree of luxation this can be intermittent or constant, and may or may not be painful. As a prey species, rabbits don’t readily show signs of pain, so may conceal how painful it is. But, as the condition is painful in other species, such as dogs, we should assume it is in rabbits too, even if signs seem mild.

An x-ray showing the patella in the correct position
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