Monoparesis: Lameness vs Neurological

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Category: Neurology Club
Published on: 02.05.2014


Professor Simon R Platt BVM&S, MRCVS, Dipl. ACVIM (Neurology) Dipl.ECVN
RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Neurology
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia

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About The Webinar

Animals with dysfunction of a limb can be broadly divided into cases exhibiting lameness and those suffering paresis and/or ataxia. In general, most causes of lameness are orthopaedic in origin, whereas most causes of paresis are neurological. However, these distinctions are not clear cut and diagnosing the cause of limb dysfunction can be challenging in some cases. For example, apparent paresis can on occasions be due to orthopaedic conditions such as hip dysplasia or an avulsion fracture. In contrast, lameness in some patients can be attributed to neurological conditions such as radiculopathies or peripheral nerve lesions. Furthermore, it is not uncommon to encounter cases with concurrent orthopaedic and neurological conditions; for example, animals with fractures and concurrent peripheral nerve injuries. It is vital in such cases to make accurate diagnoses and to establish the relative importance of different lesions as they relate to management options and prognosis.

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