Chiari-like malformation & Syringomyelia: Imaging versus the clinic.
Colin Driver
Imaging features consistent with canine chiari–like malformation, analogous to chiari–type 1 malformation in humans, are common in small breed dogs and are considered to be almost ubiquitous in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. However, their relationship to clinical symptoms remains difficult to determine, as does their relationship to syringomyelia. Given the prevalence of syringomyelia in symptomatic patients, in the clinic we normally consider this a disease complex. This makes it difficult to predict the clinical phenotype of the disease in our patients from imaging studies alone. This presentation discusses our current understanding of these issues, and how recent imaging studies have made great progress in our understanding of the development and treatment of syringomyelia.
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