Case Studies: Neuro Surgery

Hemilaminectomy for disc disease after plain CT

A 9kg, Sealyham Terrier presented with acute paraplegia (paralysis of the hind limbs). The condition was painful, and there was still enough nerve connection between drain and feet to allow some response when the toes were pinched. Tail and hind limb reflexes were intact. Hind limb muscle tone was increased. Neurological signs localised to between...

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Forequarter amputation in large dogs

Benson, a stocky 30kg male Staffy needed a right forequarter amputation becuase of serious neurological deficits after a road traffic accident, that resulted in very poor limb use and massive muscle loss even after a couple of months of “wait and see”. A few months after forequarter amputation (where we take the shoulder blade too to...

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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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Distraction fusion of cervical vertebrae for wobbler syndrome in a Doberman

Flynn, a 5 year old male Doberman was seen by us a year ago with modest ataxia (wobbliness) affecting his hind limbs. It was thought that given his breed, this was very likely to be “wobbler syndrome” relating to cervical (neck) vertebral canal issues. Flynn was a fairly “enthusiastic” dog: he was about 43kg and...

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