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Surgical Repair of a Thoracic Meningocele in a Foal

Authors

  • Linda Van Hoogmoed DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS,

    1. From the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis CA.
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  • Tom B. Yarbrough DVM, Diplomate ACVS,

    1. From the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis CA.
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  • Richard A. Lecouteur BVSc, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM,

    1. From the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis CA.
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  • William J. Hornof DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVR

    1. From the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis CA.
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Tom Yarbrough, DVM, Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA 95616.

Abstract

A 6 week old American Paint filly was admitted for evaluation of a dorsal thoracic mass suspected to be a meningocele. The diagnosis was confirmed by plain and contrast enhanced computed tomography. Surgical repair was performed by dissection of the base of the meningocele followed by ligation. No postoperative complications occurred. Contrast enhanced computed tomography was useful to confirm the diagnosis of meningocele and rule out a meningomyelocele.

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