Surgical removal of an intramedullary spinal cord foreign body granuloma in a dog. Academic Article uri icon


  • A 2-year-old, spayed female, mixed-breed dog was presented for evaluation of a progressive asymmetric tetraparesis and cranial nerve deficits with a 3-week duration. Computed tomography showed a contrast-enhancing lesion along the left side of the junction of the medulla and the cervical spinal cord. An exploratory surgery determined the presence of an intramedullary lesion of the first cervical spinal cord segment. The mass was removed through a dorsal midline myelotomy. Microscopic examination identified a foreign body granuloma that contained a dense, anisotropic outer wall, supporting the conclusion that the foreign body was of plant origin. The dog recovered to a more improved ambulatory status than prior to surgery.

published proceedings

  • J Am Anim Hosp Assoc

author list (cited authors)

  • Leskovar, A., Coates, J. R., Russell, K. E., Walker, M. A., & Storts, R. W.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Leskovar, Alenka||Coates, Joan R||Russell, Karen E||Walker, Michael A||Storts, Ralph W

publication date

  • May 2003