Micromorphometry and Cellular Characteristics of the Canine Cervical Intervertebral Discs. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (2010)

Johnson J, da Costa RC, Allen MJ. Micromorphometry and Cellular Characteristics of the Canine Cervical Intervertebral Discs. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 24(6):1343-9, 2010.

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The incidence of cervical spinal cord lesions in thedog ranges from 13.9 to 25.4%.1–3Clinical signsassociated with cervical intervertebral disc disease(IVDD) include severe neck pain, low head carriage,thoracic limb lameness or paresis, proprioceptive ataxia,and varying degrees of tetraparesis.4The C2-C3interver-tebral disc is the most frequently affected. Incidencedecreases caudally, but disc lesions at C6-C7are seencommonly in large breed dogs with cervicalspondylomyelopathy (CSM).5

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