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Claudia Zindl, Russell L Tucker, Jelena Jovanovik, Constanza Gomez Alvarez, David Price, Noel Fitzpatrick
Degenerative lumbosacral stenosis has been suspected to have a dynamic component, especially regarding encroachment of the L7 nerve roots exiting the lumbosacral foramina. Angled cross-sectional imaging of the neuroforamina has been found improve the accuracy of the diagnosis of stenosis in humans. In this anatomic study, foraminal apertures were evaluated by MRI at the entry, middle, and exit zones of the nerve roots in 30 dogs that were clinically affected by lumbosacral disease. Standard vs. oblique planar orientation and neutral vs...
November 16, 2016: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
Jian Tang, Jun Ma, Lei Yang, Xinpeng Huang, Yingbin Ge, Tao Sui, Zhongqing Wei, Xiaojian Cao
OBJECTIVE: Intradural nerve anastomosis for bladder innervation has been demonstrated to be useful. However, its clinical application remains limited because of the complex surgery, its complications and extensive bony destruction. The purpose of the current study was to demonstrate the feasibility of extradural spinal root anastomosis for bladder innervation in canines. METHODS: Ten beagle dogs were used. The length of the extradural segment of the nerve root, upper nerve root outlet (the point at which it emerges from the spinal dura mater) to S2 (dS2), the S3 (dS3) nerve root outlet distance, and the diameters of the extradural spinal roots were measured...
November 2016: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Jean-Rene Galarneau, Emily K Meseck, Robert L Hall, Wenkui Li, Margaret L Weaver
Naphthoquine phosphate (NP) was considered as a partner drug with a promising antimalarial drug candidate. Here we report unexpected adverse clinical signs and microscopic findings in a canine pilot toxicology study with NP. Male and female dogs were dosed daily by oral gavage with NP at 2, 10, or 50 mg/kg/day for a maximum of 14 days. NP was not tolerated at ≥10 mg/kg/day; several animals were sacrificed in moribund condition and marked neurological clinical signs were noted at 50 mg/kg/day. The main microscopic observation was central nervous system vasculocentric inflammation (mainly lymphocytes and macrophages) in the white and gray matter of various regions of the brain at ≥2 mg/kg/day and at lower incidence in the spinal cord at ≥10 mg/kg/day...
November 9, 2016: Toxicologic Pathology
Malene Rask Andersen, Muhammad Farooq, Karen Koefoed, Klaus W Kjaer, Ane Simony, Sren Tvorup Christensen, Lars Allan Larsen
STUDY DESIGN: Mutation analysis of a candidate disease gene in a cohort of patients with moderate to severe Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). OBJECTIVE: To investigate if damaging mutations in the planar cell polarity gene VANGL1 could be identified in AIS patients. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: AIS is a spinal deformity which occurs in 1-3% of the population. The cause of AIS is often unknown, but genetic factors are important in the etiology...
October 17, 2016: Spine
Trevor W Moore, R Timothy Bentley, Sarah A Moore, Michele Provencher, Emma E Warry, Rebecca Kohnken, Hock Gan Heng
Published information regarding canine vertebral column mast cell tumors (MCTs) is limited. The objectives of this study were to report clinical and advanced imaging findings for a group of dogs with confirmed spinal MCT. Inclusion criteria for this retrospective case series were dogs with spinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scans and a histological diagnosis of spinal MCT. Clinical, imaging, treatment, and outcome data were recorded. Four dogs met inclusion criteria. One dog had primary spinal MCT and three dogs had metastatic spinal MCT...
October 9, 2016: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
Alexandra Ferreira
This study aimed to determine whether creatine kinase (CK) activity in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) has diagnostic value for various groups of neurological conditions or for different anatomical areas of the nervous system (NS). The age, breed, results of CSF analysis, and diagnosis of 578 canine patients presenting with various neurological conditions between January 2009 and February 2015 were retrospectively collected. The cases were divided according to anatomical areas of the nervous system, i.e., brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system, and into groups according to the nature of the condition diagnosed: vascular, immune/inflammatory/infectious, traumatic, toxic, anomalous, metabolic, idiopathic, neoplastic, and degenerative...
October 2016: Canadian Veterinary Journal. la Revue Vétérinaire Canadienne
Sang Eon Park, Na-Yeon Jung, Na Kyung Lee, Jeongmin Lee, Brian Hyung, Su Hyeon Myeong, Hyeong Seop Kim, Yeon-Lim Suh, Jung-Il Lee, Kyung Rae Cho, Do Hyung Kim, Soo Jin Choi, Jong Wook Chang, Duk L Na
In this study, we investigated the distribution of human umbilical cord blood-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hUCB-MSCs) administered via intracerebroventricular (ICV) injection in a canine model. Ten beagles (11-13 kg per beagle) each received an injection of 1 × 10(6) cells into the right lateral ventricle and were sacrificed 7 days after administration. Based on immunohistochemical analysis, hUCB-MSCs were observed in the brain parenchyma, especially along the lateral ventricular walls. Detected as far as 3...
August 12, 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
Seung Hoon Lee, Yongsun Kim, Daeun Rhew, Ahyoung Kim, Kwang Rae Jo, Yongseok Yoon, Kyeung Uk Choi, Taeseong Jung, Wan Hee Kim, Oh-Kyeong Kweon
Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is a stress-responsive enzyme that modulate immune response and oxidative stress associated with spinal cord injury (SCI). This study aimed to investigate neuronal regeneration by transplantation of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) overexpressing HO-1. Canine MSCs overexpressing HO-1 were generated using a lentivirus packaging protocol. Eight beagle dogs with experimentally-induced SCI were GFP-labeled MSCs (MSC-GFP) and HO-1 overexpressed MSCs (MSC-HO-1) groups. MSCs (1 × 107 cells) were transplanted at 1 week after SCI...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Science
James Melrose
The intervertebral disc (IVD) is a major weight bearing structure that undergoes degenerative changes with aging limiting its ability to dissipate axial spinal loading in an efficient manner resulting in the generation of low back pain. Low back pain is a number one global musculoskeletal disorder with massive socioeconomic impact. The WHO has nominated development of mesenchymal stem cells and bioscaffolds to promote IVD repair as primary research objectives. There is a clear imperative for the development of strategies to effectively treat IVD defects...
October 2016: Regenerative Medicine
Neil I Christensen, Lisa J Forrest, Pamela J White, Margaret Henzler, Michelle M Turek
Contouring variability is a significant barrier to the accurate delivery and reporting of radiation therapy. The aim of this descriptive study was to determine the variation in contouring radiation targets and organs at risk by participants within our institution. Further, we also aimed to determine if all individuals contoured the same normal tissues. Two canine nasal tumor datasets were selected and contoured by two ACVR-certified radiation oncologists and two radiation oncology residents from the same institution...
July 28, 2016: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
James Hunt, Jo Murrell, David Knazovicky, John Harris, Sara Kelly, Toby G Knowles, B Duncan X Lascelles
Naturally occurring canine osteoarthritis represents a welfare issue for affected dogs (Canis familiaris), but is also considered very similar to human osteoarthritis and has therefore been proposed as a model of disease in humans. Central sensitisation is recognized in human osteoarthritis sufferers but identification in dogs is challenging. Electromyographic measurement of responses to nociceptive stimulation represents a potential means of investigating alterations in central nociceptive processing, and has been evaluated in conscious experimental dogs, but is likely to be aversive...
2016: PloS One
Darren Carwardine, Liang-Fong Wong, James W Fawcett, Elizabeth M Muir, Nicolas Granger
A multitude of factors must be overcome following spinal cord injury (SCI) in order to achieve clinical improvement in patients. It is thought that by combining promising therapies these diverse factors could be combatted with the aim of producing an overall improvement in function. Chondroitin sulphate proteoglycans (CSPGs) present in the glial scar that forms following SCI present a significant block to axon regeneration. Digestion of CSPGs by chondroitinase ABC (ChABC) leads to axon regeneration, neuronal plasticity and functional improvement in preclinical models of SCI...
August 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Frank M Smith, Michel Vermeulen, René Cardinal
Long-term spinal cord stimulation (SCS) applied to cranial thoracic SC segments exerts antiarrhythmic and cardioprotective actions in the canine heart in situ. We hypothesized that remodeling of intrinsic cardiac neuronal and synaptic properties occur in canines subjected to long-term SCS, specifically that synaptic efficacy may be preferentially facilitated at high presynaptic nerve stimulation frequencies. Animals subjected to continuous SCS for 5-8 weeks (long-term SCS: n = 17) or for 1 h (acute SCS: n = 4) were compared with corresponding control animals (long-term: n = 15, acute: n = 4)...
July 2016: Physiological Reports
D Mayer, A Oevermann, T Seuberlich, M Vandevelde, A Casanova-Nakayama, S Selimovic-Hamza, F Forterre, D Henke
BACKGROUND: The pathophysiology of ascending/descending myelomalacia (ADMM) after canine intervertebral disk (IVD) extrusion remains poorly understood. Vasoactive molecules might contribute. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: To investigate the immunoreactivity of endothelin-1 (ET-1) in the uninjured and injured spinal cord of dogs and its potential association with intramedullary hemorrhage and extension of myelomalacia. ANIMALS: Eleven normal control and 34 dogs with thoracolumbar IVD extrusion...
July 2016: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Fernando L Garcia-Pereira, Timo Prange, Aaron Seller, Victoria Obert
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the potential usefulness of epiduroscopy for clinical diagnosis and treatment of vertebral canal and spinal cord lesions in dogs. SAMPLE Cadavers of 6 mixed-breed dogs. PROCEDURES Dogs were positioned in sternal recumbency, and an endoscope was introduced into the lumbosacral epidural space. A fiberscope (diameter, 0.9 mm; length, 30 cm) was used for 3 dogs, and a videoscope (diameter, 2.8 mm; length, 70 cm) was used for the other 3 dogs. Visibility and identities of anatomic structures were recorded, and maneuverability of the endoscopes was assessed...
July 2016: American Journal of Veterinary Research
Kelly A Eddinger, Eric S Rondon, Veronica I Shubayev, Marjorie R Grafe, Miriam Scadeng, Keith R Hildebrand, Linda M Page, Shelle A Malkmus, Joanne J Steinauer, Tony L Yaksh
BACKGROUND: Intrathecal infusion of opioids in dogs, sheep, and humans produces local space-occupying masses. To develop a small-animal model, the authors examined effects of intrathecal catheterization and morphine infusion in guinea pigs. METHODS: Under isoflurane, polyethylene or polyurethane catheters were advanced from the cisterna magna to the lumbar enlargement. Drugs were delivered as a bolus through the externalized catheter or continuously by subcutaneous minipumps...
August 2016: Anesthesiology
Davide Pintus, Maria Giovanna Cancedda, Simona Macciocu, Claudia Contu, Ciriaco Ligios
BACKGROUND: Neuroaxonal dystrophy (NAD) is a neurodegenerative condition affecting humans and animals characterized by the widespread presence of swollen axons (spheroids). CASE PRESENTATION: Herein, we report the pathological findings in a case of neuroaxonal dystrophy in a Dachshund-cross puppy, which was euthanized because of a proprioceptive positioning deficits and irreversible ataxia of the hind limbs. Histologically, there was a bilaterally symmetric neuroaxonal dystrophy with eosinophilic axonal spheroids exclusively localized at the level of the ventral posterior lateral nucleus of the thalamus, medial lemniscus, gracilis nucleus, medial cuneatus nucleus in the brain as well as the gracilis and cuneatus fasciculi throughout the spinal cord...
2016: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
S A Moore, P J Early, B F Hettlich
OBJECTIVES: Acute intervertebral disc herniation is commonly managed by veterinary neurologists and surgeons. Anecdote suggests that patterns of management vary considerably and there is controversy surrounding many aspects of treatment. The goal of this study was to document patterns in management of acute spinal cord injury caused by acute intervertebral disc herniation among these two groups to aid in future discussions on best practices. METHODS: A survey querying diagnostic, medical and surgical practices for dogs with acute intervertebral disc herniation was distributed to diplomates on the databases of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)...
August 2016: Journal of Small Animal Practice
Tommaso Gregori, Richard Lam, Simon L Priestnall, Christopher R Lamb
The truncation artifact in magnetic resonance (MR) images is a line of abnormal signal intensity that occurs parallel to an interface between tissues of markedly different signal intensity. In order to demonstrate the truncation artifact in sagittal images of the canine spinal cord and the effect of changing spatial resolution, we conducted an experimental in vitro study. A section of fixed canine spinal cord was imaged using a 1.5T magnet. Spatial resolution was increased by increasing the acquisition matrix and reconstruction matrix, producing series of T2-weighted (T2w) images with the following pixel sizes: A, 1...
June 2, 2016: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
Loïc M Déjardin, Danielle M Marturello, Laurent P Guiot, Reunan P Guillou, Charles E DeCamp
OBJECTIVE: To compare accuracy and consistency of sacral screw placement in canine pelves treated for sacroiliac luxation with open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) or minimally invasive osteosynthesis (MIO) techniques. METHODS: Unilateral sacroiliac luxations created experimentally in canine cadavers were stabilized with an iliosacral lag screw applied via ORIF or MIO techniques (n = 10/group). Dorsoventral and craniocaudal screw angles were measured using computed tomography multiplanar reconstructions in transverse and dorsal planes, respectively...
July 19, 2016: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology: V.C.O.T
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