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Axis dorsal laminotomy in dogs: a retrospective analysis of 10 cases
  1. David Anthony Barker1,2,
  2. Viktor Palus3,4,
  3. Salih Eminaga4 and
  4. Giunio Bruto Cherubini4
  1. 1 Surgery, Dick White Referrals, Newmarket, UK
  2. 2 Paragon Veterinary Referrals, Wakefield, United Kingdom
  3. 3 Elpa Veterinary Clinic, Trencin, Slovakia
  4. 4 Neurology, Dick White Referrals, Newmarket, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr David Anthony Barker; dr.da.barker{at}


The aims of this study were to describe the surgical procedure, and procedure-related postoperative outcomes after dorsal axis laminotomy. Ten client-owned dogs with neurological signs due to pathology within the vertebral canal at the level of the axis were reviewed (2009–2018). Patients underwent dorsal laminotomy using a modification of the originally described technique. The axis dorsal lamina was repositioned and secured using absorbable suture material. Eight dogs had improved neurological function; one dog had static function while one dog was euthanased secondary to proposed persistence of the primary myelopathy. Postoperative radiographs confirmed maintained anatomic reduction and early bone healing in two dogs, one-year postoperative radiographs and one-month and two-year postoperative CT confirmed osteosynthesis in one dog each. Medium/long-term (4–82 months) follow-up was reported in seven dogs. Mortality in this case series was 10 per cent. Delayed union of the laminotomy flap is a complication associated with this technique.

  • axis
  • laminotomy
  • c2
  • dogs
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  • Contributors DAB: clinical information collection, writing and revising the manuscript, literature review. VP, SE and GBC: clinical management, literature review, critical revision of the manuscript.

  • 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.

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

  • Data sharing statement There are no additional data available.

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