Charlee, an adorable 3 year old Yorkshire Terrier, was referred to SCAN for evaluation of acute paralysis of the right front and right hind limbs. There was no history of illness for Charlee, and her parents were very worried. Fortunately, Charlee did not seem to be in any pain.
Dr. Jim Cook, one of SCAN’s board-certified neurologists, performed an MRI of the spine on the same day of Charlee’s initial exam. Upon review, Charlee was found to have a blockage of the spinal cord blood supply, also known as a fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE). This is similar to a “stroke” but it affects the spinal cord, not the brain.
Charlee was subsequently hospitalized for a few days for physical therapy and supportive care; she was then discharged to her owners with instructions for rehabilitation exercises. After returning to SCAN for her 3 week re-check, Charlee had regained about 90 percent of the use of her affected limbs and is expected to make a full functional recovery. Great job Charlee and Family!!