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Radicular compression of the nerve root in the intervertebral foramen by an intervertebral cervical disc extrusion of a dachshund
  1. Ross Christopher Elliott1 and
  2. Charles Boucher2
  1. 1 Surgery Department, Bryanston Veterinary Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa
  2. 2 University of Pretoria, Companion Animal Clinical Studies, Pretoria, South Africa
  1. Correspondence to Ross ChristopherElliott; rosselliott_2{at}


This is an interesting case presentation of cervical intervertebral disc extrusion in a dachshund with acute neck pain and a nerve root signature in the right forelimb. There was no extradural compression of the spinal cord but lateralised extruded intervertebral disc material where the entire amount of disc material was located deep in the intervertebral foramen, leading to compression of the nerve root. The patient did not respond to conservative treatment, and the pain and nerve root sign persisted. A CT scan showed what was assumed to be a lateralised fragment of calcified extruded disc material in the intervertebral foramen. This necessitated a dorsolateral approach to remove the extruded disc material via a haemilaminectomy. The patient responded very well to surgery and made a full recovery.

  • dogs
  • spine
  • surgery
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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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