Originally Posted by Pat;381597
Not sure that the cases of Blondie and Dougall can be used as illustrations - weren't these dogs MRI'd to get a diagnosis because of symptoms rather than for purposes of a research study?[/QUOTE
Agree Dougall is unusual and I would not suggest for one moment this is normal. We scanned Dougall because Molly had been diagnosed with sm.
If it had not been for Molly, Dougall would not have been scanned. We assumed he was a quiet dog and later a quiet dog with back problems.
Dougall has not showed any symptoms, his first scan revealed cm and not psom. His 2nd scan revealed psom. His 3rd scan revealed psom in one year and had vanished from the other. Dougall has never displayed typical psom symptoms.
Maybe you are right !
That leads me to wonder - if you have an older Cavalier where PSOM is an incidental finding on an MRI done for breed research purposes (no symptoms) and you flush the ear - are you setting yourself up to have to have repeat MRIs and myringotomies because you have intervened? In other words - do you "leave well enough alone"?
Last edited by Tania; 20th February 2011 at 07:36 PM.
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