Surgical Options for Canine Disk Associated Cervical Spondylomyelopathy

I was fortunate to moderate this year’s ACVIM Neurology panel discussion at National Harbor in Washington, DC on the topic of surgical options for disk associated cervical spondylomyelopathy (DACSM) in dogs, generically known as Wobbler’s disease. Each year a controversial topic is chosen for presentation at the neurology specialty day portion of the conference. The purpose is to provide a forum to stimulate open discussion on a topic between American and European diplomates, trainees and…

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Neurosurgery Update: Cavitron Ultrasonic Surgical Aspirator

Traditionally, central nervous system masses have been debulked manually which can lead to iatrogenic trauma, prolonged anesthesia, a larger residual mass burden, and many other unwanted effects.  Ultrasonic aspiration helps to solve for these issues and has been used for years in state-of-the-art human neurosurgery. The Columbus Neurosurgery Department now routinely uses a cavitron ultrasonic surgical aspirator (CUSA).  The CUSA simultaneously fragments pathologic tissue while providing suction and irrigation.  It distinguishes pathologic tissue from normal…

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for Dogs and Cats

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the most advanced imaging technique used in veterinary medicine.  MRI provides detailed images of internal structures and reveal subtle abnormalities that cannot be identified with radiographs or CT scans. In some disease processes, MRI is the only imaging technique that can permit an accurate diagnosis. It is also the safest imaging modality for can evaluation of the spinal cord.  MRI is considered the gold standard of diagnostic imaging for diseases…

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