Cervical myelopathy due to complex Atlanto-axial malformation including partial atlantal dorsal arch aplasia in a domestic rabbit.

Nessler, JN; Attig, F; Thöle, M; Raddatz, B; Beineke, A; Fehr, M; Tipold, A; Stein, Veronika Maria (2019). Cervical myelopathy due to complex Atlanto-axial malformation including partial atlantal dorsal arch aplasia in a domestic rabbit. Journal of small animal practice, 60(6), pp. 384-389. Pergamon Press 10.1111/jsap.12823

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A 1-year-old dwarf rabbit was presented with sub-acute progressive tetraparesis. Radiography, CT and MRI revealed compressive cervical myelopathy secondary to a complex atlanto-axial malformation including partial aplasia of the atlantal dorsal arch, dens malformation, malarticulation and lateral atlanto-occipital displacement. Owners decided against surgical treatment and elected conservative treatment including analgesia with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, cage rest and physiotherapy. Within 2 months clinical signs deteriorated and the owner elected euthanasia. Subsequent necropsy confirmed imaging findings. Similar cases described in humans and dogs suggest that partial aplasia of the dorsal arch of the atlas might often be an asymptomatic radiologic finding in these species. In contrast, this first description of a similarly affected rabbit demonstrates that complex atlanto-axial malformations can cause severe clinical signs.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Research Foci > NeuroCenter
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > DKV - Clinical Neurology
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV)

UniBE Contributor:

Stein, Veronika Maria

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

0022-4510

Publisher:

Pergamon Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Veronika Maria Stein

Date Deposited:

16 Apr 2018 16:26

Last Modified:

25 Oct 2019 12:51

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/jsap.12823

PubMed ID:

29380380

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.111453

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/111453

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