Equine Neurology by Martin Furr, Stephen Reed

By Martin Furr, Stephen Reed

Equine neurology has turn into a significant a part of daily equine perform. during this functional and finished scientific reference, clinicians will locate the updated assets had to successfully and expectantly realize, diagnose and deal with neurologic ailments and problems in equine patients.At the guts of the e-book are sensible positive aspects, comparable to diagnostic algorithms, charts and tables, designed to help within the medical exam of the fearful method, differential prognosis, and applicable tools of remedy. specific details on person illnesses and issues is equipped, together with etiology, epidemiology, diagnostic equipment, remedy, diagnosis and prevention. a pragmatic evaluate of the fundamental anatomy and body structure of the frightened approach additionally presents the fundamental framework for realizing and treating equine neurological difficulties.

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Topographic Anatomy of the Cerebellum The cerebellar surface is divided into a midline strip, the vermis, and the tissue lateral to the vermis identified as the left and right cerebellar hemispheres. 18. The cerebellar surface is characterized by alternating grooves and ridges of tissue identified as the sulci and folia respectively. There is a close association of the phylogenetic development of the cerebellum with the grossly identifiable cerebellar lobes. The archicerebellum corresponds to the flocculonodular lobe on the ventral surface of the cerebellum.

INDICATIONS FOR CSF ASSAY Analysis of CSF is a useful adjunct in the evaluation and diagnosis of neurologic disease in horses. Ideally, CSF COLLECTION The technique of atlanto-occipital (AO) CSF collection has been previously described. qxd 8/10/07 5:29 PM Page 35 2 / Cerebrospinal Fluid and the Blood–Brain Barrier 35 Astrocyte Foot Processes Tight Junctions simple; however it does require that the horse be anesthetized. This may or may not be advisable in all cases, and the benefits of collecting the fluid versus the risks of general anesthesia must be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Pulsation of blood in the choroid plexus forces the CSF in a cranial to caudal flow, and CSF is absorbed by collections of arachnoid villi in the dural sinuses or the cerebral veins. When CSF pressure exceeds venous pressure, these villi act as a one-way ball valve forcing CSF flow to the venous sinus. The CSF functions to protect the brain from trauma and to maintain a consistent extracellular environment for the CNS. 4 It also serves as a physiologic medium to transport a variety of compounds (neurotransmitters) and to regulate the chemical environment of the CNS (“sink-action”).

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