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Surgical management of a coccygeal intervertebral discal hernia in a dog
  1. Matthieu Pierre Cariou1 and
  2. Andrew Denning2
  1. 1 Surgery Consultancy, VSUK, Arundel, UK
  2. 2 New Priory Vets, Brighton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Matthieu Pierre Cariou; mattcariou{at}


A case of paresis of the tail and associated pain arising from caudal intervertebral disc disease in a six-year-old cocker spaniel is described. The dog had a chronic history of low tail carriage, decreased mobility and episodes of acute pain. Neurological evaluation was consistent with a lesion involving the caudal part of the cauda equina. CT evaluation was consistent with a disc herniation at the intervertebral disc space Cd1-Cd2. Surgical decompression was performed by a combination of hemilaminectomy and lateral corpectomy. The dog had a successful long-term outcome with complete resolution of its presenting clinical signs.

  • Spine
  • Neurosurgery
  • Computed Tomography (ct)
  • Tail
  • Discal hernia
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  • Contributors AD performed the preoperative and postoperative imaging studies and, as such, was reponsible for the writing of this matter in the study. MPC was the clinician in charge and the specialist surgeon who operated the patient. He wrote the rest of the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement There is no additional data to be made available from this study.

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