Intervertebral disc extrusion in six cats

Marguerite Knipe, Karen Vernau, W. J. Hornof, Richard A Lecouteur

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Abstract

Existing reports concerning intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) have focused almost exclusively on dogs, although a small number of individual case reports of IVDD of cats has been published. The medical records of six cats with IVDD were reviewed. Radiographic studies confirmed narrowed intervertebral disc spaces, mineralised intervertebral discs, and one or more extradural compressive lesions of the spinal cord in each cat. All disc extrusions were located in the thoracolumbar region. Surgical decompression of the spinal cord was achieved in all cats by means of hemilaminectomy and removal of compressive extradural material confirmed to be degenerative disc material. Good to excellent neurological recovery was noted in five of the six cats included in this report. Based on this review, it appears that IVDD of cats has many similarities to IVDD of dogs, and that healthy cats with acute intervertebral disc extrusion(s) respond favourably to surgical decompression of the spinal cord.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-168
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Volume3
Issue number3
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StatePublished - 2001

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Intervertebral disc extrusion in six cats. / Knipe, Marguerite; Vernau, Karen; Hornof, W. J.; Lecouteur, Richard A.

In: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, Vol. 3, No. 3, 2001, p. 161-168.

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