Extradural spinal lipoma in a dog

  • Lim, Ji-Hey (College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University) ;
  • Kim, Wan Hee (College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University) ;
  • Kim, Dae-Yong (College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University) ;
  • Cho, Deo-Youn (College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University) ;
  • Kweon, Oh-kyeong (College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University)
  • Accepted : 2006.01.25
  • Published : 2006.03.29


A 7-year-old, female pointer dog was referred to the SNU Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital for the evaluation of lameness in the pelvic limb of 10 days' duration. After the treatment for 2 weeks (carprofen 2.2 mg/kg, bid), the progressive, symmetric, ambulatory caudal paraparesis was profound. In the spinal myelography, left lateral extradural compression of the spinal cord over the ninth and tenth thoracic vertebral bodies was found. A left hemilaminectomy of the ninth and tenth thoracic vertebrae was done. A 1.5-cm-long, white extradural mass occupied the left side of the spinal canal. The tumor was identified histologically as lipoma. The 6 weeks after surgery the dog's complaints were much improved. Continuous evaluation is needed.


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