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Surgical therapy of of triple thoracolumbar disc protrusions in dogs
Triple adjacent thoracolumbar disc protrusions causing moderate to severe spinal cord compression were diagnosed by magnetic resonance imaging in two German shepherd dogs with marked paraparesis and pelvic limb ataxia. This case series describes a novel and very compplex surgical correction.

Both cases were managed by selective hemilaminectomy, partial annulectomy and bilateral quadruple vertebral body stabilisation using novel canine locking fixation plates (SOP).

The stabilisation of multiple vertebrae in the thoracolumbar spine was possible because the plates could be contoured with six degrees of freedom.

Spinal pain resolved and neurological function improved in both dogs.

Screw breakage was evident in one dog five months following surgery.

Source: McKee WM, Downes CJ. (2008): Vertebral stabilisation and selective decompression for the management of triple thoracolumbar disc protrusions. In: J Small Anim Pract. 2008 Oct;49(10):536-9. Epub 2008 Jul 8.





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