Neurosurgical Treatment of Intervertebral Disc Disease in the Dog

Veterinarni Medicina 40, 1995, 299-304

Intervertebral disc degeneration and protrusion or extrusion of disc material into the vertebral canal cause focal compressive myelopathy and radiculopathy, the most common neurological syndrome in dogs. Clinical findings are variable depending on duration and location of the lesion, volume of the mass and dynamic considerations (peracute massive extrusion, chronic partial extrusion, chronic progressive extrusion). Aim of this article is to provide compendium of at-the-present-time recommended methods of surgical treatment of intervertebral disc disease in the dog. In the case of compression of spinal cord is performed decompressive surgery (ventral cervical decompression, hemilaminectomy, minihemilaminectomy, dorsal laminectomy and foramenotomy). Fenestration is the only method of prophylaxis

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