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Dens agenesis and cervical vertebral malformation in a Labrador Retriever puppy

Authors Salas E, Cerny HE, Harris S

Received 20 June 2014

Accepted for publication 9 September 2014

Published 18 December 2014 Volume 2015:6 Pages 11—15


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Takashi Agui

Elisa N Salas,1 Henry E Cerny,2 Seth P Harris1

1Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, USA; 2Yankee Hill Veterinary Hospital, Lincoln, NE, USA

Abstract: Cervical vertebral malformations can cause acute or progressive pain, paralysis, and potentially death. Herein we present a case report of dens agenesis; cervical vertebral malformations of C1, C2, C6, and C7; subluxation of C1 and C2 and C4 and C5; and associated degenerative myelopathy in a 5-month-old female Labrador Retriever puppy. We additionally review current knowledge regarding pathogenesis and treatment.

Keywords: atlantoaxial subluxation, cervical vertebral malformation, dog, dens agenesis, myelopathy

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