Bobby is a lovely 5-year-old Jack Russell terrier, presented for investigation of progressive inability to use both his hindlimbs.
After a complete neurological examination, it was decided to proceed with MRI scans of Bobby’s thoracolumbar region. The MRI revealed a large intradural-extramedullary mass on the left side of the L1 vertebra (Fig 1). A CT scan of the whole body did not reveal additional significant abnormalities.
It was decided to proceed with de-bulking surgery of the mass at L1 which was performed using our dedicated neurosurgical microscope (Fig 2). The spinal mass could only be partially removed (subjectively approximately 80% of the mass was excised) as it adhered markedly to the surrounding meninges, spinal cord and vessels.
The excised tissue was submitted for histopathological analysis and the results showed that the mass was a meningioma – a common neoplasia of the central nervous system in dogs.
After surgery, Bobby started to show some improvement and, after 1 month, Bobby is doing remarkably well:
Well done Bobby!