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Uncommon location of a lipoma in an old dog
A 13 year-old Sibirean Husky is presented because of´porgressive hind limb paresis an urinary incontinence. A disc problem? Or just a cauda equina syndrome which is a common problem of old and especially male dogs and this breed. But further investigations show that this is not a routine case and that the correct diagnosis and treatment offers a better prognosis than previously thought!

Epidural spinal myelolipoma was diagnosed in a 13-year-old, male Siberian husky that was referred for evaluation of progressive pelvic limb paresis and urinary incontinence.

An epidural mass was detected by magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography.

The mass was removed and identified histopathologically as an epidural myelolipoma.

Pelvic limb paresis improved after surgery, but urinary retention associated with neurological bladder dysfunction persisted.


Source: Hiroshi Ueno, Tsuyoshi Miyake, Yoshiyasu Kobayashi, Kazutaka Yamada, Yuji Uzuka (2007): Epidural Spinal Myelolipoma in a Dog. In: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 43:132-135 (2007)





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Reference intervals for blood parameters in Shetland Sheepdogsmembers
Several breeds have physiological peculiarities that induce variations in reference intervals (RIs) compared with the general canine population. Shetland sheepdogs (SSs) are reported to be more predisposed to different diseases (eg, hyperlipidemia, gallbladder mucocele, and hypothyroidism). Consequently, a breed‐specific approach is more often required. Thus, the aim of this study was to determine whether the RIs of the general canine population could be applied to that of SSs, and to generate breed‐specific RIs, where appropriate.

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