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J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2011 May-Jun;47(3):203-9. doi: 10.5326/JAAHA-MS-5550. Epub 2011 Apr 15.

Contrast-enhanced CT for localizing compressive thoracolumbar intervertebral disc extrusion.

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Sierra Veterinary Specialists, Reno, NV, USA. regimat@msn.com

Abstract

Thoracolumbar intervertebral disc extrusion is a common disease in dogs. Surgical decompression of the spinal cord is the preferred treatment. Localization of the compressive material is critical for surgical planning. Myelography has been used for localizing extruded disc material, but this procedure carries risk of complications. Computed tomography (CT) is becoming more available for use in veterinary medicine and CT myelography is used for localization of extruded disc material. This report compares CT with intravenous contrast medium and CT myelography for identifying extruded intervertebral discs. CT with intravenous contrast medium is as effective as CT myelography for determining level and laterality of compressive disc extrusions.

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21498595
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10.5326/JAAHA-MS-5550
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