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Tuesday 22nd of January 2019

Fibrocatilaginous Embolic Myelopathy

General information on Fibrocatilaginous Embolic Myelopathy

Fibrocatilaginous Embolic Myelopathy (FCE) is a condition in which the small emboli of the disc break off due to cell death and block the spinal cord blood vessels. When this happens, there is a short period of pain followed by weakness which can be mild to severe. The cause FCE is unknown. This condition is seen more so in large breeds of dogs than it is in small breeds of dogs. Dogs are most often affected between the ages of three and six and affect male dogs more often than female dogs.

Symptoms of Fibrocatilaginous Embolic Myelopathy

The symptoms for fibrocatilaginous embolic myelopathy may be weakness ranging from mild ataxia to paralysis, dragging of limbs, lack of coordination, and lameness.

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Treatments for Fibrocatilaginous Embolic Myelopathy

The treatment for fibrocatilaginous embolic myelopathy is intravenous corticosteroids. Most dogs that receive this treatment show at least a partial recovery. Supportive care and physical therapy may also prove helpful, but overall, FCE cannot be cured.

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Fibrocatilaginous Embolic Myelopathy experience by - Zoey
Trenton, Tennesee, united states

I took my bullmastiff to the vet to be spaded, she was walking fine now they are saying she has what they call sleepy legs i carried her back today and now they are telling me she may have a hip problem i dont understand how she could go from healthy to this stage so quickly any advice would be appreciated.

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