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Journal of the South African Veterinary Association

versión On-line ISSN 2224-9435
versión impresa ISSN 1019-9128

J. S. Afr. Vet. Assoc. vol.80 no.4 Cape Town  2009




Negative MRI findings in a case of degenerative myelopathy in a dog



M OkadaI, II; M KitagawaIII; K KanayamaIII; H YamamuraI; T SakaiII

IPet Clinic ANIHOS, 1-14-11 Minamitokiwadai, Itabashi, Tokyo 174-0072, Japan
IINihon University Veterinary Research Center, 1866 Kameino, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 252-8510, Japan
IIINihon University School of Veterinary Medicine, 1866 Kameino, Fujisawa, Kanagawa 252-8510, Japan




An 11-year-old male Rough collie was submitted with paraparesis, but did not respond to medical treatment. Clinical signs worsened and the dog displayed paralysis, inability to stand and loss of voluntary bladder control, whereupon magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed. No significant abnormalities were identified from MRI, blood tests, cerebrospinal fluid tests or radiography. After MRI, the dog developed dyspnoea and died. Autopsy and subsequent histopathological examination led to a diagnosis of degenerative myelopathy.

Keywords: degenerative myelopathy, dog, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)



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Received: May 2007
Accepted: July 2009



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