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Cauda equina syndrome treated by lumbosacral stabilisation in a cat

Journal: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology (VCOT)
ISSN: 0932-0814
Issue: 2008: Issue 5 2008
Pages: 462-466

Cauda equina syndrome treated by lumbosacral stabilisation in a cat

M. P. Cariou; C. K. Störk; A. F. Petite; R. M. Rayward
Davies Veterinary Specialists, Manor Farm Business Park, Higham Gobion, UK


polymethylmethacrylate, Feline, cauda equina syndrome, lumbosacral instability, lumbosacral stabilisation


In this case report, a case of cauda equina syndrome arising from lumbosacral disease in an eight-year-old Burmese cat is described. The cat had a history of chronic right pelvic limb lameness. Neurological evaluation was consistent with a lesion involving the cauda equina. Radiographic findings were consistent with a diagnosis of lumbosacral disease. Due to perceived dorsoventral lumbosacral instability, dorsal decompression and stabilisation of the lumbosacral junction was performed. An original method of spinal stabilisation for this indication is described. The cat had a successful long-term outcome with complete resolution of its presenting clinical signs.

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