Case Studies: Neuro Surgery – Disc disease

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Management of intervertebral disc disease

Disc disease occurs when pathology affects the intervertebral discs – the soft tissue spacers that are found between vertebrae of the spinal column. The intervertebral discs are a bit like donuts with a fibrous surround (the annulus fibrosus) and a gel centre (the nucleus pulposus). Nerve roots come out between vertebrae and these can easily be...

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Ventral slot surgery for cervical intervertebral disc disease

A 10 year old dalmation presented with mobility issues affecting the hind legs. These had progressed in the previous weeks and months, and at presentation to us the patient was knuckling on both back legs and looked “drunk”. He had obvious neck pain.   Mineralised intervertebral discs were apparent between the 3rd and the 4th...

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Spinal surgery for thoracic intervertebral disc disease

Gizmo presented to us suffering from an acute paralysis of the hind limbs. He was completely off his back legs and the referring vet suspected that one of the intervertebral discs, the soft tissue spacers that sit between the bones of the spinal column, had ruptured. One of our nurses recognised this dog and its...

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Extruded disc material located centrally at L5-6

Intervertebral discs are the soft tissue structures separating the bones of the vertebral column. There are 7 cervical, 13 thoracic, and 7 lumbar vertebrae. Most clinically significant disc disease affects the thoracolumbar discs between T10 and L3. Degenerate discs can rupture and spill their central contents (disc extrusion) or bulge out (disc protrusion). The extrusion or protrusion...

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Spinal surgery for lumbar intervertebral disc disease

An 8 year old male border collie presented with ever worsening use of his back legs. This had progressed over a few weeks. A needle was inserted into the fluid sac that surrounded his spinal cord just in front of his pelvis. A liquid that shows up as white on X-rays was injected into this...

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