Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


McLaughlin, Ron M., Jr.

Committee Member

Linford, Robert L.

Committee Member

Elder, Steven H.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


The in vitro comparison of monotonic and cyclic mechanical properties of equine proximal interphalangeal joint arthrodeses stabilized using an open or closed technique and application of 2 abaxial transarticular lag screws combined with either an axial 4.5mm narrow 3-hole LC-DCP with 5.5mm cortical screws a 4.5mm narrow 3-hole LCP with 5.0mm locking screws. Limbs were tested for cyclic fatigue at 20,0000cycles and then in single-cycle to failure under 3-point, dorsopalmar bending. There were no significant differences in stiffness and single-cycle to failure values between the LCP and LC-DCP constructs, with or without PIPJ collateral ligament transaction. There was no interaction between the open and closed techniques, nor between plate types on force or stiffness at failure.