Combined partial lateral corpectomy and pediculectomy in a Dachshund

03 Feb 2020

Santifort, K. M.

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A 5-year-old 8. 2-kg Dachshund was presented with progressive paraparesis and ataxia of several weeks’ duration and signs of pain persisting despite conservative treatment consisting of (cage) rest and analgesic treatment with gabapentin (12.2-mg/kg three times a day) and meloxicam (0.1-mg/kg once a day). Neurological examination was consistent with a T3–L3 myelopathy. CT images showed a mineralised mass in the ventrolateral (right) vertebral canal with severe compression of the spinal cord, taking up >50% of the vertebral canal. An intervertebral disc extrusion (Hansen type I intervertebral disc herniation) with compressive myelopathy was (presumptively) diagnosed. A combination of a partial lateral corpectomy and pediculectomy ('mini-hemilaminectomy') was performed. This surgical approach was deemed best suited to provide adequate access and to remove as much material as possible without compromising the spinal cord. There were no intraoperative complications. Signs did not recur postsurgically, and 2 weeks postsurgery, neurological signs were resolved.