Ozzie ( a 4 year old yorkie/poodle cross) presented to us in September 2013 with a history of a progressive RH lameness characterised by a dragging appearance. The lameness was constant and Ozzie would occasionally yelp. More recently he had started to continue walking whilst urinating from time to time. Ozzie was ambulatory but had a mildly ataxic and stilted hindlimb gait with a Rh lameness at presentation.

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    On examination he was found to have bilateral hindlimb paresis and bilateral proprioceptive deficits with neurological signs indicating a T3-L3 spinal cord segment lesion. We advised MR imaging. MR imaging revealed an intradural spinal cord lesion at the T7 level. This was R sided but occupying an estimated 70% of the cord cross section. The mass signal enhanced on T1 images and appeared to have well defined borders.

    We discussed with Ozzie’s owners the likelyhood of a spinal cord tumour but that some spinal cord tumours are benign and with care can be surgically excised. Ozzie’s owners opted for exploratory surgery and via a right hemilaminectomy and incision and reflection of the dural membrane the mass was removed and subsequently diagnosed as a meningioma.

    Ozzie returned to ambulatory status within 48 hours and made a full recovery with resolution of all his clinical signs within 4 weeks. Spinal cord meningiomas are rare and most commonly occur in the cervical region in dogs. The base of Ozzie’s tumour was located on the ventral aspect and this is associated with a poorer longterm prognosis so we still have our fingers crossed that no regrowth will occur.


    Ozzie update

    we received this message from Ozzie’s owners 10 mths post-surgery (July ’14)
    Hi Charlie..
    Ozzy is doing great he’s back to the old him, he loves his walks again and is always wagging his tail.. We get the vets to check his legs when we take him and they say he’s great..
    Thank you so much for what you did
    Ozzie’s family