Case Studies: Neuro Surgery

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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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Spinal surgery on a patient with severely compromised spinal function after intervertebral disc disease

Rusty, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier presented to us “off his back legs”, with total loss of sensation of his hind feet. An intervertebral disc had ruptured in his spine. The extruded disc material and the associated inflammation and haemorrhage had compressed his  spinal cord over the length of half a dozen vertebrae. Signs had progressed...

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Spinal tumour, unfortunately leading to euthanasia

A 13 year old male Jack Russel terrier presented unable to walk with paralysed hind quarters. We were able t0 localise the pathology affecting the spine to somewhere between the 3rd thoracic vertebra and the 3rd lumbar vertebra from the clinical signs. The owner thought that the dog’s mobility may have been below par for 4-5 weeks,...

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Fixed price surgery helps pup with congenital spinal compression

A 15 week old spaniel pup presented with progressive ataxia (wobbliness) affecting the hind limbs. The referring vets had spotted a transitional vertebra between the lumbar and the sacral vertebrae at the bottom of the back. Unfortunately the clients were not insured and were not able to fund advanced imaging (CT scan/MRI) which would have...

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