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See detailComputed tomography-guided injection of muscle-derived mesenchimal stem cells in the intervertebral disc of dogs affected by natural disc degeneration: clinical safety and intervertebral disc imaging assessment
Liotta, Annalisa Pia ULg; Sandersen, Charlotte ULg; Ceusters, Justine ULg et al

Poster (2016, September 01)

Introduction/Purpose: Pre-clinical randomized controlled animal trials have been conducted to evaluate the effects of mesenchymal stem cell (MSCs) transplantation on intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration ... [more ▼]

Introduction/Purpose: Pre-clinical randomized controlled animal trials have been conducted to evaluate the effects of mesenchymal stem cell (MSCs) transplantation on intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration. According to their histological results and to imaging assessment of the IVD, intradiscal injection of MSCs is effective, arresting or slowing IVDD process, and is associated with a low complication rate. Few of these studies have been conducted on canine artificially degenerated IVD, using bone marrow or adipose-derived MSCs. Therefore a systematic study on naturally degenerated IVD using MSCs obtained from autologous muscular tissue in dogs is still lacking. The aims of this study were to evaluate the clinical effects of intradiscal injection of muscle-derived MSCs and its effects on imaging features of the intervertebral disc. Methods: Eight experimental dogs were randomly included with the approval of the University’s Animal Care and Use Committee. The final inclusion criteria were the presence of naturally degenerated lumbosacral IVD detected on low-field magnetic resonance (MRI) images and the obtaining of 3 x 106 autologous muscle-derived MSCs. A computed tomography (CT) and MRI examination was performed before and 2 months after the procedure and 13 imaging parameters were assessed. Mesenchymal stem cells diluted in 0,2 ml of FRS Hypothermosol were injected in the lumbosacral IVD under CT-guidance. Clinical examinations were performed regularly during 1 month after the procedure. Results: Six dogs met the inclusion criteria. The remaining 2 dogs did not undergo intradiscal injections, but were used as control group. No major or minor complications were reported during the procedure. No abnormalities were noticed during the clinical examinations. No statistically significant variations of IVD imaging features were noticed before and after the injections. Discussion/Conclusions: Intradiscal injection of muscle-derived MSCs is clinically safe and it is not associated with any progression of the IVD degeneration, detected by CT or low-field MRI imaging. Further studies are needed to assess its efficacy as treatment for the canine natural IVD degeneration. [less ▲]

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See detailComputed tomographic findings of a far lateral lumbar disc extrusion in a dog
Rizza, Maïlis ULg; Bouvy, Bernard ULg; Shimizu, Naomi ULg et al

Poster (2016, September 01)

Introduction In human medicine, far lateral lumbar disc extrusion (FLLDE) represents 7 to 12% of all disc herniations and MRI is the method of choice for diagnosis. MRI findings of a FLLDE has been ... [more ▼]

Introduction In human medicine, far lateral lumbar disc extrusion (FLLDE) represents 7 to 12% of all disc herniations and MRI is the method of choice for diagnosis. MRI findings of a FLLDE has been reported in one dog and the aim of this case report is to describe computed tomographic (CT) findings of a FLLDE in a dog. Methods A six-year-old neutered female Beagle with a good general health status was presented with a month history of left hind limb pain with shivering of this limb. Clinical examination revealed a left hind proprioceptive deficit but no pain was elicited at palpation. Results A CT scan pre- and post- contrast studies of the lumbosacral spine and a myelographic-CT were performed. A 1.3x0.6x0.3 cm homogeneous hyperattenuating (+/- 350 HU) ovoid structure was observed at the left lateral aspect of L6-L7 intervertebral disc space. The L6-L7 intervertebral disc nucleus pulposus was calcified but the annulus fibrosus had a normal non-calcified attenuation and seemed intact apart from a very thin hyperattenuating line next to the ovoid structure. This change was well circumscribed by an even hyperattenuating rim (1000HU) mimicking a thin dense cortex and was in close proximity with the annulus fibrosus and the left transverse process of L7. Perineural fat was not observed and contrast enhancement was visualized at the level of the left sixth lumbar nerve root with impingement and thickening of this root. No compression of the spinal cord was observed at this level on the myeloCT. These findings were suggestive of a dystrophic mineralization or an osteochondromatosis. FLLDE was considered less likely because of the almost normal appearance of the annulus fibrosus. At surgery some mixed gelified calcified material consistent with disc material was removed at the level of the left L6-L7 nerve root tract and disc fenestration was performed. The histological analysis confirmed the presence of degenerated herniated vertebral disk. Discussion/Conclusions In human medicine, MRI and CT scan are the main diagnostic modalities employed for diagnosis of FLLDE. In veterinary medicine, CT is often used to assess spinal diseases because of its availability. To the authors’ knowledge, CT findings of a FLLDE have not been described previously in dogs. Moreover, the thin dense cortex appearance surrounding the disc material was surprising. In conclusion, FLLDE should be included in the differential diagnosis of a calcified ovoid structure lateral to the spine even if the annulus fibrosus appears normal and if this structure is in close relation with the vertebral transverse process. [less ▲]

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See detailCalcifications articulaires, péri et juxtarticulaires « physiologiques » chez le chien
François, Marion; Bolen, Géraldine ULg

in Monde Vétérinaire (Le) (2016), (158), 14-17

Il existe, chez le chien, de nombreuses petites calcifications péri-, juxta- et articulaires « physiologiques » avec une présence inconstante, qui peuvent être confondues avec des lésions type fragment ... [more ▼]

Il existe, chez le chien, de nombreuses petites calcifications péri-, juxta- et articulaires « physiologiques » avec une présence inconstante, qui peuvent être confondues avec des lésions type fragment. Une bonne connaissance de leur localisation anatomique permet de distinguer les variations anatomiques normales des lésions pathologiques. Cet article reprend une liste de ces principales calcifications « physiologiques » pouvant être retrouvées sur des radiographies. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical effects of computed tomography-guided lumbosacral facet joint, transforaminal epidural, and translaminar epidural injections of methylprednisolone acetate in healthy dogs.
Liotta, Annalisa Pia ULg; Girod, Maud ULg; Peeters, Dominique ULg et al

in American Journal of Veterinary Research (2016), 77(10), 1132-9

OBJECTIVE To determine clinical effects of CT-guided lumbosacral facet joint, transforaminal epidural, and translaminar epidural injections of methylprednisolone acetate in healthy dogs. ANIMALS 15 ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE To determine clinical effects of CT-guided lumbosacral facet joint, transforaminal epidural, and translaminar epidural injections of methylprednisolone acetate in healthy dogs. ANIMALS 15 healthy Beagles. PROCEDURES Dogs were randomly assigned to 3 groups (5 dogs/group) and received a single CT-guided lumbosacral facet joint, transforaminal epidural, or translaminar epidural injection of methylprednisolone acetate (0.1 mg/kg). Contrast medium was injected prior to injection of methylprednisolone to verify needle placement. Neurologic examinations were performed 1, 3, 7, and 10 days after the injection. In dogs with neurologic abnormalities, a final neurologic examination was performed 24 days after the procedure. RESULTS Methylprednisolone injections were successfully performed in 14 of the 15 dogs. In 1 dog, vascular puncture occurred, and the methylprednisolone injection was not performed. No major or minor complications were identified during or immediately after the procedure, other than mild transient hyperthermia. During follow-up neurologic examinations, no motor, sensory, or postural deficits were identified, other than mild alterations in the patellar, withdrawal, cranial tibial, and perineal reflexes in some dogs. Overall, altered reflexes were observed in 11 of the 14 dogs, during 27 of 65 neurologic examinations. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE Results suggested that CT-guided lumbosacral facet joint, transforaminal epidural, and translaminar epidural injections of methylprednisolone acetate were associated with few complications in healthy dogs. However, the number of dogs evaluated was small, and additional studies are needed to assess clinical efficacy and safety of these procedures. [less ▲]

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See detailAssociation between vertebral heart score measurement and overweight condition in dogs
François, Marion; Merveille, Anne-Christine ULg; Mc Entee, Kathleen ULg et al

in Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound (2016)

Introduction Vertebral heart score (VHS) is used to assess heart size on thoracic radiographs. Association between VHS and overweight condition in dogs of different breeds is still unknown. The aim of ... [more ▼]

Introduction Vertebral heart score (VHS) is used to assess heart size on thoracic radiographs. Association between VHS and overweight condition in dogs of different breeds is still unknown. The aim of this study is to determine if VHS is influenced by overweight condition in dogs. The hypothesis is that VHS is influenced by BCS and T4 ratio. Methods Recruitment criteria for this retrospective study were the presence of a minimum of 2 thoracic radiographic views and a diagnosis of “normal echocardiographic examination” in medical records from 2013 to 2016. Body weight, BCS and breed were extracted. VHS and overweight condition were calculated. Dogs from breeds with a normal maximal VHS < 11 (group 1) and from breeds with a normal maximal VHS > 11 (group 2) were separated. Statistical analyses were performed using XLStat® software. Results Fifty-one dogs were included in the study. Body weight ranged from 3.7 to 44.8 kg and was not recorded in 2 dogs. These dogs were not excluded because of the BCS was recorded for these dogs. BCS ranged from 3 to 9. Thirteen dogs had a VHS value superior to the normal range and all of them had BCS ≥ 4. A weak positive correlation was found between BCS and T4 ratio (P ≤ 0.001, R2=0.4). There was a positive relationship between BCS and VHS (ANCOVA, P ≤ 0.003) for each group and between T4 ratio and VHS for each group (ANCOVA, P ≤ 0.001). Discussion/Conclusions This study confirms that the T4 ratio is correlated to BCS evaluated clinically. This ratio could be used to assess overweight condition on thoracic radiographs. VHS is influenced by BCS and the T4 ratio; therefore, VHS should be use with caution in overweighed dogs. [less ▲]

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See detailTECHNIQUE, DIFFICULTY, AND ACCURACY OF COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY-GUIDED TRANSLAMINAR AND TRANSFORAMINAL LUMBOSACRAL EPIDURAL AND INTRAARTICULAR LUMBAR FACET JOINT INJECTIONS IN DOGS.
Liotta, Annalisa Pia ULg; Sandersen, Charlotte ULg; Couvreur, Thierry et al

in Veterinary radiology & ultrasound : the official journal of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and the International Veterinary Radiology Association (2016), 57(2), 191-8

In human medicine, spinal pain and radiculopathy are commonly managed by computed tomography (CT)-guided facet joint injections and by transforaminal or translaminar epidural injections. In dogs, CT ... [more ▼]

In human medicine, spinal pain and radiculopathy are commonly managed by computed tomography (CT)-guided facet joint injections and by transforaminal or translaminar epidural injections. In dogs, CT-guided lumbosacral epidural or lumbar facet joint injections have not been described. The aim of this experimental, ex vivo, feasibility study was to develop techniques and to assess their difficulty and accuracy. Two canine cadavers were used to establish the techniques and eight cadavers to assess difficulty and accuracy. Contrast medium was injected and a CT scan was performed after each injection. Accuracy was assessed according to epidural or joint space contrast opacification. Difficulty was classified as easy, moderately difficult, or difficult, based on the number of CT scans needed to guide insertion of the needle. A total of six translaminar and five transforaminal epidural and 53 joint injections were performed. Translaminar injections had a high success rate (100%), were highly accurate (75%), and easy to perform (100%). Transforaminal injections had an moderately high success rate (75%), were accurate (75%), and moderately difficult to perform (100%). Success rate of facet joint injections was 62% and was higher for larger facet joints, such as L7-S1. Accuracy of facet joint injections ranged from accurate (37-62%) to highly accurate (25%) depending on the volume injected. In 77% of cases, injections were moderately difficult to perform. Possible complications of epidural and facet joint injections were subarachnoid and vertebral venous plexus puncture and periarticular spread, respectively. Further studies are suggested to evaluate in vivo feasibility and safety of these techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailLearning to look - Purpose and design of an awareness-raising online course in veterinary sciences
Tasnier, Sophie ULg; Busoni, Valeria ULg; Hanzen, Christian ULg et al

in Prilla, M; Ullmann, T; Kravcik, M (Eds.) et al Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on Awareness and Reflection in Technology-Enhanced Learning (2015, September 15)

This paper reports on a work in progress: an online self-instruction course created to stimulate students’ awareness processes when dealing with pictures. Using non-clinical material, the “Learning to ... [more ▼]

This paper reports on a work in progress: an online self-instruction course created to stimulate students’ awareness processes when dealing with pictures. Using non-clinical material, the “Learning to Look” course was de-signed as a preliminary training to the observation of histological sections, radi-ological graphs, and other specialized visual material. Following a presentation of the project, salient results of a feedback questionnaire completed by 382 stu-dents about their experience of the course are provided. [less ▲]

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See detailThoracic sinus tract secondary to a wooden skewer penetrating the vertebral canal in a dog
Hamon, Martin; Barthelemy, Nicolas; Bolen, Géraldine ULg et al

in Veterinary Record Case Reports (2015), 3

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See detailPulmonary Vein-to-Pulmonary Artery Ratio is an Echocardiographic Index of Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs with Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease
Merveille, Anne-Christine ULg; Bolen, Géraldine ULg; Krafft, Emilie et al

in Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (2015), 29

Background Early recognition of left-sided congestive heart failure (CHF) in dogs with degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD) is important because it influences medical therapy, timing of follow-up, and ... [more ▼]

Background Early recognition of left-sided congestive heart failure (CHF) in dogs with degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD) is important because it influences medical therapy, timing of follow-up, and outcome.HypothesisPulmonary vein diameter-to-pulmonary artery diameter ratio (PV/PA) measured by echocardiography can predict CHF.AnimalsNinety-eight client-owned dogs, 37 controls, and 61 dogs with DMVD.Methods Prospective clinical cohort study. History, physical examination and Doppler-echocardiography were performed. Dogs were classified as International Small Animal Cardiac Health Council class I, II or III. Congestive heart failure was identified in a subset of 56 dogs based on radiographic findings. The PV/PA was measured in bidimensional (2D) and M-mode by 2 investigators blinded to the radiologists’ conclusions.ResultsInterobserver coefficients of variation for PV/PA acquisition and measurement were <10%. The PV/PA in control dogs was approximately 1 and increased with class of heart failure. The presence of CHF could be best predicted by measuring PV/PA in 2D echocardiography (cut-off, 1.7; area under the curve, 0.98; CI, 0.97–0.98; P < .001) with a sensitivity of 96% and a specificity of 91%.Conclusion and clinical importanceThe PV/PA is a simple and reproducible echocardiographic variable that increases with class of heart failure and may help discriminate dogs in CHF from asymptomatic dogs with DMVD. Additional studies are required to determine whether PV/PA might provide additional information in the integrated interpretation of Doppler-echocardiographic indices of left ventricular filling pressures and could be used for rapid assessment of CHF in dogs in a critical care setting. [less ▲]

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See detailVariation in swim bladder drumming sounds from three doradid catfish species with similar sonic morphologies
Boyle, Kelly; Riepe, Ségolène; Bolen, Géraldine ULg et al

in Journal of Experimental Biology (2015), 218

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See detailAgonistic sounds and swim bladder morphology in a malapterurid electric catfish
Boyle, Kelly; Bolen, Géraldine ULg; Parmentier, Eric ULg

in Journal of Zoology (2015)

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See detailFeasibility of ultrasound-guided epidural access at the lumbo-sacral space in dogs
Liotta, Annalisa Pia ULg; Busoni, Valeria ULg; Carrozzo et al

in Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound (2015), 56(2), 220-228

Epidural injections are commonly performed blindly in veterinary medicine. The aims of this study were to describe the lumbosacral ultrasonographic anatomy and to assess the feasibility of an ultrasound ... [more ▼]

Epidural injections are commonly performed blindly in veterinary medicine. The aims of this study were to describe the lumbosacral ultrasonographic anatomy and to assess the feasibility of an ultrasound-guided epidural injection technique in dogs. A cross sectional anatomic atlas of the lumbosacral region and ex vivo ultrasound images were obtained in two cadavers to describe the ultrasound anatomy and to identify the landmarks. Sixteen normal weight canine cadavers were used to establish two variations of the technique for direct ultrasound-guided injection, using spinal needles or epidural catheters. The technique was finally performed in two normal weight cadavers, in two overweight cadavers and in five live dogs with radiographic abnormalities resulting of the lumbosacral spine. Contrast medium was injected and CT was used to assess the success of the injection. The anatomic landmarks to carry out the procedure were the seventh lumbar vertebra, the iliac wings, and the first sacral vertebra. The target for directing the needle was the trapezoid-shaped echogenic zone between the contiguous articular facets of the lumbosacral vertebral canal visualized in a parasagittal plane. The spinal needle or epidural catheter was inserted in a 45° craniodorsal-caudoventral direction through the subcutaneous tissue and the interarcuate ligament until reaching the epidural space. CT examination confirmed the presence of contrast medium in the epidural space in 25/25 dogs, although a variable contamination of the subarachnoid space was also noted. Findings indicated that this ultrasound-guided epidural injection technique is feasible for normal weight and overweight dogs, with and without radiographic abnormalities of the spine. [less ▲]

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See detailTracheal diameter in puppies
Rizza, Maïlis ULg; Liotta, Annalisa Pia ULg; Billen, Frédéric ULg et al

in Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound (2015)

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