Cervical Spondylomyelopathy - Part 1

by Danielle Pountain, RVN, Dip HE CVN, Dip AVN (SA) Cervical vertebral malformation is a complex syndrome involving compressive lesions of the spinal cord. The condition affects both the dog and horse and the true etiology is poorly elucidated and is subsequently determined multifactorial. The pathogenesis of the disease has differences between species and breeds, yet the clinical signs and resultant global physiological effects are the same. The prognosis is generally guarded and much controversy surrounds its treatment. In this two part series of articles we explore both surgical and conservative treatment techniques. CERVICAL SPONDYLOMYELOPATHY (CSM) encompasses numerous spondylopathies of...

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