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    Megan is going for an MRI scan tomorrow.

    On the evening of 20th December I noticed she had gone paralyzed on the right hand side of her face. She was at the vet the next day and he immediately suspected a problem with the ears and she was booked in the following day for an ear check under anesthetic.

    Turns out her eardrum was bulging outwards into the ear canal and that there was thick mucus behind the eardrum. The vet was not sure what it was at the time. We have since discovered the condition PSOM and suspect that. She was treated with cortisone and an antibiotic.

    Currently the paralysis has not improved and a day or two after her antibiotics finished I had her at the vet again and her eardrum had started bulging again.

    My vet then spoke to other vests and their opinion is that the paralysis is maybe not related to the ear problem … they are mentioning that dreaded word, SM!

    Personally I have doubts in that there are no other symptoms like ‘air-scratching’ etc, but it would be good to either confirm or disprove it. I just find it strange that the first thing the vet wants to investigate regarding the paralysis is the ears .. now maybe it’s not the ears.

    The paralysis is the whole right side of her face from the ear to the bottom jaw. I put tear gel in the eye a couple of times a day because the eyelid stays open. She has a very definite head tilt but at least the eye jumping (which she had on the first visit to the vet) has stopped which is confirmed by her better balance.

    I am very nervous of what will be found, but I also want to know what the problem is. I am just worried that the PSOM is now not really being treated. However I hope that after the MRI, what ever is the problem can be treated as well as the ears.

    So, one more sleepless night before her scan.
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    Best of luck tomorrow Darlene, hopefully the MRI will be able to help to diagnose what is wrong with Megan. Will be thinking of you.
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    Best of luck with the scan,
    Try not to get too stressed over it,it'll help greatly with identifying the cause of the problem,regardless of whether or not it's SM.
    It's sensible to do a scan when any neurological problem occurs.
    Sins

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    Personally, I would agree with you and suspect PSOM.

    It is good to see a neurologist though. You may find there are signs of SM because this is going to turn up in a lot of asymptomatic cavaliers -- but again given you see no other symptoms, it would seem unlikely that suddenly the case would be so severe as to cause facial paralysis. Whereas facial paralysis is a known sign of PSOM:

    PSOM: A recent report in the veterinary literature has documented an otitis media (middle ear infection) that appears to affect the CKCS breed in particular. Due to the mucoid nature of the ear disease the condition has been referred to as primary secretory otitis media (PSOM) or “glue ear.”
    Clinical signs of PSOM may not be presented (referred to as sub-clinical). If clinical signs are present, they may include hearing loss, neurological signs (facial paralysis, head tilt, involuntary eye movement, and circling, unsteady and clumsy walking patterns), neck scratching and head shaking.
    The sample study indicated 40% of the study group had PSOM. A veterinary dermatologist treats this disorder by flushing the affected ear. The ACKCSC Charitable Trust is currently funding a study at The Ohio State University's Veterinary College.
    From ackcsc website.

    See also:

    http://vet.osu.edu/research/primary-...arles-spaniels

    From which:

    he Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (CKCS) seems to have a predisposition to a non-infectious otitis media (OM) marked by mucus accumulation in the middle ear, hence the descriptive diagnosis of "glue ear". One or both ears may be affected. This OM is unusual because of its lack of association with concomitant external ear infection and because of frequent accompanying neurological involvement. These neuropathies include:

    ataxia
    facial paralysis
    nystagmus
    head tilt
    hearing loss/deafness

    Pain around the head and neck (with vocalization and/or guarding), scratching around the ears, external ear infection, hearing loss, or any combination of the above also occur. These presentations are due to mucus build-up in the middle ear, possibly as a result of Eustachian tube dysfunction. Upon otoscopy, the ear drum is often bulging outward due to mucus accretion behind it. PSOM seems to share many features with secretory otitis media, which is one of the most common ear problems in children. In the CKCS, PSOM can be misdiagnosed as progressive hereditary deafness or as syringohydromelia, two other disorders to which CKCS are prone. Therefore, development of a specific test or tests for PSOM, easy enough to perform in the office and affordable for the owner, will promote both appropriate treatment and accurate assessment of this problem in the breed.


    Here's one article on PSOM:

    Primary secretory otitis media in the Cavalier King Charles spaniel: a review of 61 cases
    Authors: Stern-Bertholtz W.; Sjostrom L.; Wallin Hoekanson N.
    Source: The Journal of Small Animal Practice, Volume 44, Number 6, 30 June 2003, pp. 253-256(4)
    Publisher: BVA Publications

    Abstract:
    Sixty-one episodes of primary secretory otitis media (PSOM) were diagnosed in 43 Cavalier King Charles spaniels over a 10-year period. The principal findings were signs of moderate to severe pain localised to the head or cervical area, and/or neurological signs. Diagnosis was made by examination of the tympanic membrane and middle ear with the aid of an operating microscope under general anaesthesia. A bulging, but intact, tympanic membrane was found in most cases. Following myringotomy, a highly viscous mucus plug was found filling the middle ear. Treatment, consisting of removal of the mucus plug, flushing of the middle ear, and local and systemic medical therapy, had to be repeated between one and five times. The prognosis was good in all cases. PSOM is an important differential diagnosis in Cavalier King Charles spaniels with signs of pain involving the head and neck, and/or neurological signs.
    This is often diagnosed and then treated without an MRI -- which seems an expensive approach to diagnosis given this is a common symptom of the condition and you already have a bulging tympanum. I'd probably question whether the MRI is needed unless insurance is covering this, and send the vets to read more on the condition.
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    Will be thinking of you and your Megan tomorrow, Darlene. I know it's very distressing when they get strange symptoms, but you and your vet/s are doing exactly the right thing in getting a scan. It's really the only sure way to get an accurate diagnosis.

    My Megan also has a slight facial paralysis now (Horner's syndrome) but she has learned to cope with it very well and I take extra care of the eye which does not blink. Cavaliers are such amazingly adaptable little dogs.

    You will soon feel better, once the scan is done and you can get on with whatever treatment is prescribed for Megan. Good luck
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    Thanks for all the encouragement and good thoughts. Megan is currently undergoing the scan.

    Karlin, I hear exactly what you are saying and I have already given the vet some articles I printed off the net regarding PSOM. Unfortunately PSOM is not really known here (yet) and the vets are just getting their heads around the whole SM thing.

    I am hoping that after the scan I can say 'I told you so' (ok, maybe just to my self ), and we can hopefully get on with more aggressive treatment for PSOM.

    I actually sent an email to Dr Cole last week asking for the latest treatment advice which I can give the the vet ... unfortunately I have not had a response. From what I have read it seems that it is a case of trying to remove the mucus and flushing out the ear.

    I will report back as soon as I know the outcome of the scan.

    Fingers crossed!
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    Keeping fingers crossed for you. Hope everything is ok. Prayers

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    Poor little Megan, thinking of you both today.
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    Thinking of you - let us know the results as soon as you can

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicki View Post
    Thinking of you - let us know the results as soon as you can


    Thinking of you both.
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