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Tearing of the dura mater in three dogs
  1. C. W. Hay, BVMS1 and
  2. P. Muir, BVSc, MVetClinStud, PhD, MACVSc, DipACVS, DipECVS, MRCVS2
  1. 1 Department of Surgical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin- Madison, 2015 Linden Drive West, Madison WI 53706, USA
  2. 2 Royal Veterinary College, University of London, Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hertfordshire AL9 7TA
  1. Royal Veterinary College, University of London, Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hertfordshire AL9 7TA

Abstract

Tearing of the thoracolumbar dura mater was diagnosed after myelography in three large breed dogs. All three dogs lost the ability to walk suddenly, after a period of vigorous running or struggling. Radiographic changes suggested that the tearing of the dura was associated with intervertebral disc injury in two dogs. These dogs regained the ability to walk after medical treatment. Postmortem findings suggested that the tearing of the dura mater in the third dog was associated with nerve root injury and spinal cord haemorrhage after an episode of violent struggling.

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