Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 2010; 23(04): 266-272
DOI: 10.3415/VCOT-09-12-0124
Case Report
Schattauer GmbH

Treatment of lumbosacral discospondylitis by surgical stabilisation and application of a gentamicin-impregnated collagen sponge

A. I. C. Renwick
1   Willows Referral Service, Shirley, Solihull, UK
R. Dennis
2   Centre for Small Animal Studies, Animal Health Trust, Lanwades Park, Kentford, Newmarket, Suffolk, UK
T. J. Gemmill
1   Willows Referral Service, Shirley, Solihull, UK
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Publication History

Received:08 December 2009

Accepted:06 March 2010

Publication Date:
17 December 2017 (online)


This report describes a case of lumbosacral discospondylitis in a two-year-old boxer dog. The dog had been presented with chronic hindlimb lameness and signs of lumbar spinal pain. The diagnosis was confirmed with a magnetic resonance imaging scan and positive blood culture. Following unsuccessful conservative management, the dog was treated with surgical stabilisation using screws and polymethylmethacrylate, and implantation of a gentamicin-impregnated collagen sponge into the L7-S1 disc space. This technique has not previously been described. The dog had a successful long-term outcome with complete resolution of clinical signs

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