Successful medical management of an epidural abscess in a dog

Romero-Fernancez, N., Jose-Lopez, R., Durand, A. and Gutierrez-Quintana, R. (2017) Successful medical management of an epidural abscess in a dog. Veterinary Record Case Reports, 5(2), e000448. (doi:10.1136/vetreccr-2017-000448)

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Abstract

A seven-month-old entire male dobermann presented with acute onset neck pain and left thoracic limb lameness. The dog had a similar episode eight weeks before presentation that responded to meloxicam. A cervical spinal epidural abscess secondary to Staphylococcus pseudintermedius bacteraemia was diagnosed following investigations, including MRI of the cervical vertebral column and blood cultures. Treatment with cephalexin, gabapentin and meloxicam was started. The dog was doing clinically well one month later. A control MRI and radiographs of the cervical vertebral column showed evidence of discospondylitis and resolution of the primary lesion, therefore the treatment course with cephalexin was continued. Three months after initial presentation the clinical signs had resolved, radiographs showed improvement of the discospondylitis and antibiotics were stopped. Seven months later the dog continued doing well with no relapse.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jose-Lopez, Mr Roberto and Gutierrez Quintana, Mr Rodrigo
Authors: Romero-Fernancez, N., Jose-Lopez, R., Durand, A., and Gutierrez-Quintana, R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Veterinary Record Case Reports
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN:2052-6121
Published Online:13 June 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 BMJ Publishing Group
First Published:First published in Veterinary Record Case Reports 5(2):e000448
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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