Dermoid sinus type VI associated with spina bifida and tethered cord syndrome in a French Bulldog

Matthew A. Kopke, Malcolm W. Jack, Wendy I. Baltzer, Paul F. Wightman, Arnon Gal

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Abstract

A 4-mo-old French bulldog was presented with acute onset pain and reluctance to move. A tubular structure arising in the dorsal thoracic midline and extending from a cutaneous orifice into deeper tissues was palpated on physical examination. Computed tomography with sinography revealed a dermoid sinus associated with spina bifida at the level of T3-T4. On surgical exploration, the dermoid sinus was found to communicate with the dura. Histology confirmed the diagnosis and classification as a type VI dermoid sinus. The pain response and hyperesthesia were suspected to be the result of tethered cord syndrome. Complete resolution of clinical signs was appreciated post-surgery, with the patient still free of clinical signs 3 mo later.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-297
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

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spina bifida
Dermoid Cyst
Spinal Dysraphism
Neural Tube Defects
sinuses
pain
Hyperesthesia
Acute Pain
chest
computed tomography
clinical examination
histology
Physical Examination
Histology
Thorax
surgery
Tomography
Pain
Skin
French Bulldog

Keywords

  • Dermoid sinus type VI
  • French Bulldogs
  • spina bifida
  • tethered cord syndrome

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  • veterinary(all)

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Dermoid sinus type VI associated with spina bifida and tethered cord syndrome in a French Bulldog. / Kopke, Matthew A.; Jack, Malcolm W.; Baltzer, Wendy I.; Wightman, Paul F.; Gal, Arnon.

In: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, Vol. 31, No. 2, 01.03.2019, p. 294-297.

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Kopke, Matthew A. ; Jack, Malcolm W. ; Baltzer, Wendy I. ; Wightman, Paul F. ; Gal, Arnon. / Dermoid sinus type VI associated with spina bifida and tethered cord syndrome in a French Bulldog. In: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. 2019 ; Vol. 31, No. 2. pp. 294-297.
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