Compressive myelopathy caused by epidural haematoma associated with fibrocartilaginous embolism in a horse

C. Dörner, F. Uzal, F. Carvallo, J. Palmero

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Abstract

Compressive myelopathy caused by an epidural haematoma associated with fibrocartilage embolism was diagnosed in a 2.5-year-old Hanoverian gelding. The patient showed severe ataxia with no improvement following medical therapy and a poor prognosis after myelography. An epidural mass located dorsal to the intervertebral disc between C4 and C5 was compressing the spinal cord dorsally to approximately one-third of its normal height. The epidural tissue was characterised histologically as an organised thrombus, and its major com-ponents were fibrin and macrophages with intracytoplasmic brown, iron-rich granules. Positive Alcian blue stain confirmed the presence of cartilage within the thrombus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)405-409
Number of pages5
JournalEquine Veterinary Education
Volume27
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015

Keywords

  • Epidural haematoma
  • Horse
  • Myelogram
  • Thrombus
  • Vertebral growth plate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Equine

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