Neurologic Examination in the Horse and Medical and Surgical Approaches for Treating Cervical Myelopathies
- Yvette S . Nout - Lomas
Twelve horses with triple-level cervical spinal-cord compression that had undergone triple-level anterior interbody fusion were split into three treatment groups based on the implant used for the spinal-fusion surgery. The groups consisted of the heterologus bone graft (group 1), the stainlesssteel basket (SSB, also known as the Bagby Basket; group 2), and the Kerf Cleaning Cylinder (also known as the Seattle Slew implant; group 3). All patients had pre-operative neurological and myelographic examinations performed by veterinarians. The owners were contacted to determine long-term outcome and general use of each patient. All survivors (92%) improved at least one neurological grade, and 88% improved two neurological grades or more. All horses had decreased range of lateral cervical motion post-operatively. Authors’ addresses: San Luis Rey Equine Hospital, 4211 Holly Lane, Bonsall, CA 92003 (Grant, Huggons); 105 West 8th Avenue, Suite 454, Spokane, WA 99204 (Bagby); Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, PO Box 12070, Lexington, KY 40511 (Reed); and Department of Anatomy, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 43210 (Robertson); e-mail: email@example.com. © 2007 AAEP. *Presenting author.