Authors: Bruce CW, Brisson BA, Gyselinck K.
Journal: VCOT

The purpose of this retrospective study was to review cases of spinal fractures or luxations (SFL) treated with various modalities in order to describe fracture location, neurological status, treatment, outcome and complications in a patient population at a single centre. The medical records of dogs and cats that had been diagnosed with a SFL between C1 and L7 between January 1995 and June 2005 were reviewed in order to collect pertinent data. Ninety-five cases were included in this study. The severity of spinal cord injury was graded on a scale from 0 to 5.

Authors: Forterre F, Konar M, Spreng D, Jaggy A, Lang J.
Journal: Vet Surg

OBJECTIVE: To describe the influence of fenestration at the disc herniation site on recurrence in thoracolumbar disc disease of chondrodystrophoid dogs. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective clinical study. ANIMALS: Chondrodystrophic dogs (n=19). METHODS: Dogs were divided into 2 groups: group 1 (9 dogs) had thoracolumbar disc extrusion (Hansen type I) treated by hemilaminectomy and concomitant fenestration of the affected intervertebral disc and group 2 (10 dogs) had hemilaminectomy without fenestration.

Category: Rehabilitation - Spine
Authors: Harris JE, Dhupa S.
Journal: JAAHA

Medical records of six cats diagnosed with lumbosacral intervertebral disk disease were reviewed. Clinical signs included reluctance to jump, low tail carriage, elimination outside the litter box, reluctance to ambulate, pelvic-limb paresis, urinary incontinence, and constipation. All cats had lumbosacral hyperpathia on palpation. Computed tomography in four cats revealed evidence of extradural spinal cord compression at the seventh lumbar (L(7)) to first sacral (S(1)) vertebral interspace.

Category: Spine
Authors: Chang Y, Dennis R, Platt SR, Penderis J.
Journal: Vet Rec

This retrospective study evaluated the magnetic resonance (mr) images of traumatic disc extrusions in 11 dogs. The findings included a reduction in the volume and signal intensity of the nucleus pulposus, focal hyperintensity within the overlying spinal cord on T (2)-weighted mr images, and subtle spinal cord compression, extraneous material or signal change within the vertebral canal. The largest area of hyperintensity in the spinal cord was directly over or close to the affected disc space, appeared asymmetrical and in the majority of cases was less than one vertebra in length.

Category: Spine
Authors: McKee WM, Downes CJ.
Journal: Vet Rec

A rupture of the dura mater caused by the peracute extrusion of a cervical disc was diagnosed by myelography in two dogs. In both cases traction on the cervical spine resulted in contrast medium entering the ruptured intervertebral disc from the subarachnoid space. Both dogs became suddenly tetraparetic and unable to ambulate during vigorous exercise, but regained the ability to walk without surgical treatment.

Category: Spine
Authors: Sheahan DE, Gillian TD.
Journal: JSAP

A six-year-old border collie was presented with a solid mass on the dorsal cranium. Histological examination showed the mass to be a multilobular tumour of bone. A magnetic resonance imaging scan confirmed deformation of the dorsal cranium with compression of the cerebral hemispheres. A craniotomy was performed to excise the mass and overlying skin, resulting in a substantial deficit of calvarium and skin. A cranioplasty using a small intestinal submucosal (SIS) graft was performed to reconstruct the calvarial defect.

Authors: Naudé SH, Lambrechts NE, Wagner WM, Thompson PN.
Journal: J Am Vet Med Assoc.

Objective-To evaluate the accuracy of specific magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sequences in determining the site, lateralization, and extent of extruded intervertebral disk material (EIDM), compared with surgical findings, in Dachshunds with thoracolumbar intervertebral disk extrusion (TLIDE). Design-Prospective clinical study. Sample Population-16 Dachshunds with clinical signs of intervertebral disk disease.

Category: Spine
Authors: E. Quiroz-Rothe , P.J. Ginel (2), J. P?rez (3), R. Lucena , J.L.L. Rivero
Journal: EJCAP

A 3.5 year-old male Rottweiler developed generalized acute progressive weakness 15 days after receiving an inactivated rabies vaccine. At clinical examination there was symmetrical quadriparesis with reduced spinal reflexes, cranial nerve function was normal and neither ataxia nor abnormal postural reactions were detected. Muscle biopsies from the semitendinosus muscle showed clear signs of denervation atrophy. Immunohistochemistry revealed the presence of antibodies against the myelin sheaths of peripheral nerves.

Category: Spine