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Magnetic resonance imaging in a lamb with compression of the thoracic spinal cord by an abscess


Braun, Ueli; Suárez, J P; Gasparini, S; Warislohner, Sonja; Dennler, Matthias (2016). Magnetic resonance imaging in a lamb with compression of the thoracic spinal cord by an abscess. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 158(8):573-577.

Abstract

This report describes a two-month-old Ouessant ram lamb with hind limb ataxia, knuckling and falling attributable to an abscess in the thoracic vertebral region. A swelling palpated adjacent to the spinous processes of the 9th to 12th thoracic vertebrae was identified via ultrasonography as an abscess located on the transverse processes of these vertebrae. Magnetic resonance imaging of the lamb postmortem revealed that the abscess had invaded the vertebral canal through a channel at the level of the 9th thoracic vertebra causing extradural spinal cord compression. Postmortem examination confirmed these findings, and histological examination showed acute spinal cord degeneration.

Abstract

This report describes a two-month-old Ouessant ram lamb with hind limb ataxia, knuckling and falling attributable to an abscess in the thoracic vertebral region. A swelling palpated adjacent to the spinous processes of the 9th to 12th thoracic vertebrae was identified via ultrasonography as an abscess located on the transverse processes of these vertebrae. Magnetic resonance imaging of the lamb postmortem revealed that the abscess had invaded the vertebral canal through a channel at the level of the 9th thoracic vertebra causing extradural spinal cord compression. Postmortem examination confirmed these findings, and histological examination showed acute spinal cord degeneration.

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Other titles:Magnetresonanz-Tomographie bei einem Schaf mit Kompression des thorakalen Rückenmarks durch einen Abszess
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Institute of Veterinary Pathology
05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Farm Animals
05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Uncontrolled Keywords:sheep, hind limb ataxia, vertebral column, spinal cord, abscess, MRI
Language:English
Date:1 August 2016
Deposited On:29 Sep 2016 13:00
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 20:28
Publisher:Gesellschaft Schweizer Tierärztinnen und Tierärzte
ISSN:0036-7281
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.17236/sat00079
PubMed ID:27518732

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