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Cranial thoracic stenotic spondylomyelopathy in a young Rottweiler
  1. Silke Hecht1⇑,
  2. Jennifer Michaels1,2,
  3. Sarah Childers1 and
  4. Linden Craig3
  1. 1 Small Animal Clinical Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
  2. 2 Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  3. 3 Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
  1. Correspondence to Silke Hecht; shecht{at}

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A four-month-old male entire Rottweiler presented for progressive pelvic limb ataxia. Neurological examination revealed non-ambulatory paraparesis with ataxia in pelvic limbs, absent pelvic limb postural reactions, clonic patellar reflexes, normal withdrawal reflexes in all limbs and hyperaesthesia on neck manipulation. Weight shifting and splaying of the thoracic limbs (representing either mild paresis or compensatory gait change) were also noted. Neurolocalisation was third thoracic to third lumbar spinal cord segments (Th3-L3), most likely within the cranial aspect of this region. MRI showed enlargement of the dorsal laminae and articular processes …

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