VERTEBRAL TUMORS IN THE DOG: A CLINICAL RADIOLOGIC, AND PATHOLOGIC STUDY OF 61 PRIMARY AND SECONDARY LESIONS Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • The clinical, radiographic, and histopathologic features of 26 primary and 35 secondary vertebral tumors of the dog with varying periods of clinical signs, possibly influenced by their being referred dogs, are presented. Pain without neurologic signs was the predominant initial sign with both primary and secondary tumors. However, by the time of hospital admission, most dogs had neurologic deficits. The time from pain onset to neurologic deficit ranged from two days to nine months. German Shepherd Dogs, Standard Poodles, and Labrador Retrievers were heavily represented; the average age was 7 years and there was a slight predominance of male dogs. Both primary and secondary tumors showed a destructive pattern, often with cortical destruction and adjacent disc space collapse. An associated paravertebral soft tissue mass was frequently present in the secondary tumors, 13 of 35 being secondary to intrapelvic tumors. Osteosarcomas were the most common primary tumor; the secondary tumor cell type varied. Most dogs were euthanized immediately upon histopathologic confirmation of the disease. Copyright © 1980, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

author list (cited authors)

  • Morgan, J. P., Med, V., Ackerman, N., Bailey, C. S., & Pool, R. R.

citation count

  • 49

publication date

  • September 1980

publisher