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J Zoo Wildl Med. 2000 Sep;31(3):404-7.

Caudal cervical disc protrusion in a Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris).

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Department of Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort, Republic of South Africa.


A young adult male white Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) presented with hindlimb ataxia. Cervical and lumbar myelography revealed a compressive lesion of the cord at C(6-7). Corticosteroid therapy and confinement failed to provide lasting remission of signs. A modified, inverted cone ventral slot decompression was used to remove the fibrous material causing cord compression at C(6-7). Temporary Horner's syndrome and laryngeal paresis developed postsurgically because of excessive tissue retraction. The animal recovered normal ambulatory function 6 wk after surgery.

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