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Quiz: Disk Disease in Dogs & Cats

Katherine I. Crook, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology), Charleston Veterinary Referral Center

March 2018|Neurology|Peer Reviewed|Web-Exclusive

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Quiz: Disk Disease in Dogs & Cats

Intervertebral disk disease (IVDD) is the most common cause of spinal cord injury in dogs and it can also occur in cats.1,2 IVDD commonly occurs in dogs and can have profound consequences, including pain and weakness. In some cases, disk disease can lead to intervertebral disk herniation (ie, disk degeneration that results in abnormal displacement of the nucleus pulposus and/or annulus fibrosis into the spinal canal).

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Hansen type II IVDD is most commonly observed in patients identified by which of the following signalments?

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Nathan, a 5-year-old neutered dachshund, is presented with pain and inability to walk of 2 days’ duration. His owners are not aware of any recent trauma. Careful neurologic examination reveals that the dog is paraplegic with intact nociception (superficial and deep pain) in the pelvic limbs and tail.  What is the most likely cause of this dog’s deficits?

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Regarding the dachshund discussed in question 2, what is the dog’s predicted prognosis for return of ambulation?

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Which of the following is not a commonly reported sign of lumbosacral disk disease in dogs and cats?

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Which of the following should not be used to describe an acute noncompressive disk extrusion or prolapse?

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For which of the following diagnoses is medical management not indicated?

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Which of the following is not an appropriate method for obtaining a definitive diagnosis of disk extrusion in a 4-year-old dachshund?

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