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Rupture of the dura mater in two dogs caused by the peracute extrusion of a cervical disc
  1. W. M. McKee, BVMS, DSAO, MRCVS1 and
  2. C. J. Downes, MVB, MRCVS1
  1. 1 Willows Referral Service, 78 Tanworth Lane, Solihull, West Midlands B90 4DF


A rupture of the dura mater caused by the peracute extrusion of a cervical disc was diagnosed by myelography in two dogs. In both cases traction on the cervical spine resulted in contrast medium entering the ruptured intervertebral disc from the subarachnoid space. Both dogs became suddenly tetraparetic and unable to ambulate during vigorous exercise, but regained the ability to walk without surgical treatment.

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