Spina bifida in a dead stillbirth mongrel dog

Ewaldo Mattos Junior, Eduardo Alcântara Ribeiro, Gustavo José von Glehn dos Santos, Claudia Russo, Selwyn Arlington Headley


Spina bifida is a congenital spinal deformity that is characterized by an incomplete closure of the dorsal portion of the vertebrate. This report describes the radiological and pathological findings of this abnormality in a dead still birth mongrel. The dog demonstrated a cleft at the dorsal region of the thoracic vertebrate column, which resulted in exposition and protrusion of the spinal cord and the meninges. Plain radiographs of the ventral-dorsal of the vertebrate column revealed a defect in the fusion of the dorsal spinous processes of the distal thoracic vertebrates (T6 – T13); while the right-lateral view revealed xyphosis of the entire lumbar region of the spine.


Spina bifida; radiology; pathology; dog

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5433/1679-0359.2007v28n2p295

Semina: Ciênc. Agrár.
Londrina - PR
E-ISSN 1679-0359
DOI: 10.5433 / 1679-0359
E-mail:  semina.agrarias@uel.br
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