Rate of neurologic recovery as an indicator of long-term prognosis in dogs with surgically treated thoracolumbar disc disease

Veterinarni Medicina 45, 2000, 19-24

The time needed to regain the ability to walk without assistance was examined in 266 dogs, from the clinical group of 300 dogs with thoracolumbar disc disease treated by decompressive hemilaminectomy with removal of extruded disc material from the vertebral canal at the Clinic of Surgery and Orthopedics at University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Brno during a four year period (April 1994 through March 1998). The time needed until complete recovery from TL-IVDD in 177 dogs in which the final outcome was graded as excellent was also evaluated. The outcome of surgical treatment was assessed based on 9 to 51 months follow-up. The time until dogs regained the ability to walk without assistance and until complete recovery (excellent outcomes only) differed (Mann-Whitney U-test

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