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First case of fibrocartilaginous embolism in a chondrodystrophoid dog
This case report from Japan is very informative - the affected dog, a middle aged Shih Tzu, showed the not very specific symptom acute-onset tetraplegia. A cervical discopathy is common in this breed and would be expected as the first differential diagnosis but also a vascular problem must be set on the list of differentials.

An 8-year-old intact male Shih Tzu dog was admitted with acute-onset tetraplegia.

Magnetic resonance imaging showed an abnormality of the cervical intramedullary spinal cord.

Histopathological examination of a spinal biopsy confirmed the presence of intravascular cartilaginous emboli.

This is the first report of an antemortem diagnosis of fibrocartilaginous embolism in a chondrodystrophoid breed dog.



Source: Ueno H, Shimizu J, Uzuka Y, Kobayashi Y, Hirokawa H, Ueno E, Suzuki A, Yamada K. (2005): Fibrocartilaginous embolism in a chondrodystrophoid breed dog. In: Aust Vet J. 2005 Mar;83(3):142-4.



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