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Developing a ‘bedside’ test for cervical neck pain in Cavalier King Charles spaniels with syringomyelia (VR, August 15, 2015, vol 177, p 184; doi:10.1136/vr.h4379). At the beginning of the second paragraph of this letter, it is incorrectly stated ‘Syringomyelia is a common congenital abnormality of the spinal cord seen in CKCS, affecting approximately 95 per cent of the breed.’

This should in fact read: ‘Chiari-like malformation is a common congenital abnormality in Cavalier King Charles spaniels affecting approximately 95 per cent of the breed (Shaw and others 2012). It is suspected that abnormal cerebrospinal fluid flow due to chiari-like malformation of the skull and cerebellar herniation results in the accumulation of fluid within the spinal cord (ie, formation of a syrinx), a condition called syringomyelia (Rusbridge and Jeffery 2008), which is present in >50 per cent of Cavalier King Charles spaniels over four years old (Shaw and others 2012).’

In addition, the surname of the first author of a paper referred to in this letter, I. N. Plessas, is misspelt. The correct reference is:

RUSBRIDGE, C. & JEFFERY, N. D. (2008) Pathophysiology and treatment of neuropathic pain associated with syringomyelia. The Veterinary Journal 175, 164-172

SHAW, T. A., MCGONNELL, I. M., DRIVER, C. J., RUSBRIDGE, C. & VOLK, H. A. (2012) Increase in cerebellar volume in Cavalier King Charles spaniels with chiari-like malformation and its role in the development of syringomyelia. PLoS ONE 7, e33660

In addition, the surname of the first author of a paper referred to in this letter, I. N. Plessas, is misspelt. The correct reference is:

PLESSAS, I. N., RUSBRIDGE, C., DRIVER, C. J., CHANDLER, K. E., CRAIG, A., MCGONNELL, I. M., BRODBELT, D. C. & VOLK, H. A. (2012) Long-term outcome of Cavalier King Charles spaniel dogs with clinical signs associated with chiari-like malformation and syringomyelia. Veterinary Record doi: 10.1136/vr.100449

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