Mensuration of cervical vertebral ratios in Doberman pinschers and Great Danes

Wm Tod Drost, Terry W Lehenbauer, Jeff Reeves

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Canine cervical vertebral instability is a complex syndrome involving cervical spinal cord compressive lesions. Doberman pinschers and Great Danes are the most commonly affected breeds. Measurements of vertebral canal diameter (VCD), vertebral body height (H), and vertebral body length (L) were made from C3-C7 in 24 Doberman pinschers and 8 Great Danes by using digital and analog techniques. Significant differences between affected and unaffected sites were noted for Doberman pinschers at C6 (P = 0,039) and C7 (P = 0.027) using analog measurements of VCD/H, and Great Danes at C6 using analog (P = 0.041) and digital (P = 0.004) measurements of VCD/L. Cervical vertebral ratios have potential as a breed-specific screening tool for cervical vertebral instability and warrant longitudinal studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-131
Number of pages8
JournalVeterinary Radiology and Ultrasound
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Cervical vertebral instability
  • Doberman pinscher
  • Dogs
  • Great dane
  • Mensuration
  • Radiology
  • Spine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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