Welcome to the all-new Vetlearn

  • Vetlearn is becoming part of NAVC VetFolio.
    Starting in January 2015, Compendium and
    Veterinary Technician articles will be available on
    NAVC VetFolio. VetFolio subscribers will have
    access to not only the journals, but also:
  • Over 500 hours of CE
  • Community forums to discuss tough cases
    and networking with your peers
  • Three years of select NAVC Conference
    Proceedings
  • Free webinars for the entire healthcare team

To access Vetlearn, you must first sign in or register.

registernow

  Sign up now for:
Become a Member

Veterinary Forum February 2008 (Vol 25, No 2)

CVM leads national trial involving acute disk herniation in dogs

    The Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is leading a national trial evaluating the effectiveness of adjunctive therapies combined with surgery for severe acute intervertebral disk disease (IVDD) in dogs.

    A common problem in dachshunds, basset hounds, Pekingese, beagles and Lhasa apsos, acute IVDD occurs when the disk degenerates and herniates into the spinal canal, causing both contusive injury and compression of the spinal cord. Signs range from loss of coordination and back pain to paralysis.

    "Current IVDD treatment calls for surgical decompression of the spinal cord, followed by rehabilitation to help the dog recover full mobility," says Natasha Olby, VetMB, PhD, DACVIM, associate professor of neurology at CVM and principal investigator for the study. "There is controversy, however, about whether ad­junctive medical therapy could improve the outcome, and that is what this blinded clinical trial will investigate."

    The trial will compare methylprednisolone sodium succinate, polyethylene glycol and a placebo as adjunctive therapy to surgical decompression of the spinal cord.

    In addition to the CVM Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 11 veterinary medical centers are recruiting cases. To be considered as a participant, patients must have the most severe grade of injury and paralysis, with no sensation in the hindlimbs of no more than 24 hours' duration.

    For information about enrolling patients in the study and to contact the investigators, go to the CVM website at www.cvm.ncsu.edu/docs/neuro/acutedischerniations.html.

    NEXT: Cardiology update: canine heart failure

    didyouknow

    Did you know... The mainstay of medical therapy for proteinuria is angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) therapy.Read More

    These Care Guides are written to help your clients understand common conditions. They are formatted to print and give to your clients for their information.

    Stay on top of all our latest content — sign up for the Vetlearn newsletters.
    • More
    Subscribe