Case Studies: Neuro Surgery – Fractures & luxations

Atlantoaxial subluxation in a toy breed

A young pomeranian was referred to us unable to stand. The referring vet had already made the diagnosis of atlantoaxial subluxation from xrays of the head and neck, viewing the neck from the side with the head in various degrees of flexion. As the neck was flexed, their x-rays showed that a gap opened up where...

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Fixed price surgery for a young dog with a broken back

Rosie, a 9 month old 7kg Cavalier pup broke her back playing in the garden. Her 5th lumber vertebra fractured and the 5th and 6th lumbar vertbrae dislocated. The resulting nerve root entrapment resulted in severe pain and hind limb paresis. She was seen by the PDSA who diagnosed the problem with xrays.   They...

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Broken Neck

A 7 year old female Jack Russell terrier, who lives on a farm and loves nothing more than to catch rats, was riding on the front seat of a car when it was involved in a road traffic accident. She broke her neck after colliding with the windscreen, a fraction of a second after her...

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Fracture of the lumbar spine in a dog

A 5 year old female Labrador retriever presented “off her back legs” after a road traffic accident. She had sustained a broken back and a collapsed intervertebral disc space. She could still feel her feet but she was in severe pain and her nerve damage was progressing. She had surgery through the evening to stabilise...

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