View Full Version : Brief Text from Dr. Sofia Cerda-Gonzalez AVMA Session

14th August 2010, 05:12 AM
Sofia Cerda-Gonzalez speaker notes. I did not attend her session.

“The craniocervical junction (aka craniovertebral junction) includes the occipital bone, the atlas, and axis, the single joint cavity that unites them, and the ligamentous attachments of the atlantooccipital and atlantoaxial junctions. This area allows more motion than any other portion of the axial spine. Its mobility and complex anatomy present many opportunities for errors in development leading to instability and damage to the underlying neural structures. Disorders of the craniocervical junction are most frequently seen in toy and small-breed dogs. In particular, CKCS and Griffon Bruxellois are predisposed to Chiarai-like malformations, while atlanto-axial instability is most frequently seen in Chihuahua, Yorkshire terrier, miniature and toy Poodle, Pomeranian and Pekingese breeds.”

“It is important to remember that a Chiari-like malformation may be present without clinical signs, particularly in the CKCS.”

Goes on for three pages. Really nothing that I haven’t read before so I'm not going to take the time to post more on this session.