Acta Vet. Brno 2018, 87: 225-229

Meningioma in cervical spinal cord segment 6 of a dog – a case report

Ciprian Andrei Ober1, Orit Chai2, Joshua Milgram2, Cosmin Petru Peştean1, Cecilia Danciu1, Teodoru Soare3, Liviu Ioan Oana1, Marian Taulescu1

1University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, Rehovot, Israel
3University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Bucharest, Romania

Received November 28, 2017
Accepted August 13, 2018

Meningiomas in dogs occur more commonly in the brain than in the cranial spinal cord. Intramedullary spinal cord tumours in dogs are described infrequently and present a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. A nine-year-old Beagle dog was referred because of tetraparesis of a 20-day duration. The neurological signs were suggestive of a selective lesion involving the cervical spinal cord. Sagittal T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging of the cervical vertebral column revealed a ventral, well-circumscribed mass within the vertebral canal at the level of cervical segment 6 (C6). A primary neoplasia was considered as probable differential diagnosis. The mass was removed by cervical laminectomy, durotomy and gentle dissections. On the basis of histological and immunohistochemical findings, a diagnosis of transitional meningioma (grade I) was made. Treatment of the meningioma with surgery resulted in a complete recovery, the dog was able to walk 21 days after surgery and had normal walk two months after presentation. Clinicopathologic and treatment data of cranial intraspinal meningiomas have been reported sporadically, but a segment 6 location was not thoroughly described before.


The authors gratefully acknowledge Cornel CĂTOI, Rector of University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Cluj-Napoca, and the dog's owner for their support of this work.


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