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J Small Anim Pract. 2012 Jan;53(1):67-72. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5827.2011.01146.x. Epub 2011 Nov 28.

Amelioration of caudal thoracic syringohydromyelia following surgical management of an adjacent arachnoid cyst.

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Willows Referral Service, Highlands Road, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands B90 4NH.


A nine-year-old male, neutered, pug was presented for investigation of progressive ambulatory paraparesis and pelvic limb ataxia of three months' duration. Magnetic resonance imaging was suggestive of caudal thoracic syringohydromyelia with an adjacent intradural arachnoid cyst. The cyst was marsupialised following dorsal laminectomy. Neurological status had improved 10 weeks following surgery when repeat magnetic resonance imaging revealed reduced spinal cord compression both as a result of resolution of the cyst and reduction in size of the syringohydromyelia. At 17 months following surgery, the dog showed further improvements in neurological status, exhibiting mild pelvic limb ataxia and proprioceptive deficits. Improved cerebrospinal fluid flow following surgery may have played a role in the improvement in both conditions. The presence of syringohydromyelia in this context does not preclude a favourable clinical outcome following surgical management.

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