Neurologic Causes of Thoracic Limb Lameness. Academic Article uri icon


  • Although lameness of the thoracic limb typically is due to orthopedic disease, there are several important neurologic conditions that result in lameness. Neurologic diseases cause lameness due to disease of the nerves, nerve roots, spinal cord, or muscles. Common differentials include lateralized intervertebral disc extrusions, caudal cervical spondylomyelopathy (wobbler disease), brachial plexus avulsion, neuritis, and peripheral nerve sheath tumors. Many of these diseases compress or destroy the nerve roots of the cervical intumescence, resulting in non-weight-bearing lameness, or root signature. Advanced diagnostics, such as magnetic resonance imaging, are necessary in these cases to determine the underlying cause.

published proceedings

  • Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract

author list (cited authors)

  • Kerwin, S. C., & Taylor, A. R.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Kerwin, Sharon C||Taylor, Amanda R

publication date

  • January 2021