Canine wobbler's syndrome

Case contributed by Dr Doug

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[Veterinary] Canine patient.

X-ray

Focal extrinsic compression of the thecal sac at C6-C7 demonstrated on the PA myelogram, not visible on the lateral projection.

Case Discussion

Canine "Wobbler's Syndrome" is the result of spinal cord compression. This is a relatively common cause of neurologic decline in large breed dogs, particularly during periods of rapid growth.

There is congenital spinal stenosis with superimposed acquired stenosis that becomes symptomatic, just like in the human counterpart. Treatment is usually decompression laminectomy. This dog received a prolonged course of steroids and made an eventual good recovery.

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Case information

rID: 9725
Published: 16th May 2010
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
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