Radiological evaluation of ‘wobbler’ syndrome -caudal cervical spondylomyelopathy

Authors

  • N. I. H. Sharp,

    1. *Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710, USA
    2. †Department of Companion Animal and Special‘ Species Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27606, USA
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  • S. J. Wheeler,

    1. †Department of Companion Animal and Special‘ Species Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27606, USA
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  • M. Cofone

    1. ‡Round Valley Veterinary Referral Group, 1170 Route 22 West, Lebanon, New Jersey 08833, USA
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ABSTRACT

Caudal cervical spondylomyelopathy (‘wobbler’ syndrome) is a common neurological disorder of large and giant breed dogs. Diagnostic evaluation requires radiological assessment, including plain radiography and myelography. Computed tomography can be used to give additional information on vertebral and spinal cord disease. This paper reviews plain radiographic and myelographic techniques and findings in caudal cervical spondylomyelopathy. The value of computed tomographic myelography is also reviewed. The relevance of the conventional radiological and computed tomographic findings to surgical treatment are discussed. Similarities between this condition and cervical spondylotic myelopathy in man are also examined.

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