Ventral occipito-atlanto-axial fluid-filled lesion causing dynamic spinal cord compression in a cat

Gutierrez Quintana, R., Hammond, G. and Wessmann, A. (2014) Ventral occipito-atlanto-axial fluid-filled lesion causing dynamic spinal cord compression in a cat. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 16(6), pp. 532-535. (doi:10.1177/1098612X13507073) (PMID:24101745)

Gutierrez Quintana, R., Hammond, G. and Wessmann, A. (2014) Ventral occipito-atlanto-axial fluid-filled lesion causing dynamic spinal cord compression in a cat. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 16(6), pp. 532-535. (doi:10.1177/1098612X13507073) (PMID:24101745)

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Abstract

Cystic lesions affecting the vertebral canal or spinal cord have rarely been reported in cats. A 3-year-old female neutered domestic longhair cat presented for evaluation of a 2-year-history of episodes of ataxia and paresis affecting all limbs. Neurological examination was consistent with a lesion in the C1–C5 spinal cord segments. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a fluid-filled lesion at the occipito-atlanto-axial region causing dynamic spinal cord compression on flexion of the neck. The imaging characteristics were compatible with a juxta-articular cyst. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a fluid-filled lesion causing dynamic cervical spinal cord compression in a cat and highlights the importance of performing flexion–extension MRI views in diagnosing cases with dynamic spinal cord compression.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wessmann, Dr Annette and Gutierrez Quintana, Mr Rodrigo and Hammond, Mr Gawain
Authors: Gutierrez Quintana, R., Hammond, G., and Wessmann, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN:1098-612X
ISSN (Online):1532-2750

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