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SYRINGOSUBARACHNOID SHUNT PLACEMENT IN A CAVALIER KING CHARLES SPANIEL DOG DIAGNOSED WITH CHIARI LIKE MALFORMATION AND SYRINGOMYELIA. CASE REPORT

Published in Scientific Works. Series C. Veterinary Medicine, Vol. LXIV, Issue 2
Written by Cătălina Anca CUCOȘ, Ateș BARUT, Iuliana IONAȘCU, Radu CONSTANTINESCU, Constantin VLĂGIOIU

The aim of this paper was to describe the syringosubarachnoid shunting as surgical management in Chiari like malformation and Syringomyelia, and to track the outcome of the patient. A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel female dog was referred for neurological evaluation due to the intense sudden attacks of pain, occurring more and more often lately. A year earlier, the dog was diagnosed with Chiari-like malformation and syringomyelia, undergoing to a craniocervical decompression with durotomy. Postoperatively the clinical signs improved only for a short period of time, afterwards the clinical symptoms progressively reappeared, worsening in the last two months, thus requiring another surgical intervention. The dog was subjected to surgical placement of a syringosubarachnoid shunt at the cervical spinal cord, the patient being evaluated periodically during the hospitalization, and after that at one, four and twelve months postoperatively. In the follow-up period the patient presented good results with improvement of the clinical signs. This case report highlights the success of cervical syringosubarachnoid shunt placement in the management of canine Chiari-like malformation with syringomyelia, especially when the other therapeutic options were unsuccessful.

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