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The role of ultrasonographyc examination in the assessment of musculoskeletal disorders in canine thoracolumbar and lumbar spine

Grant number: 16/02508-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2016
Effective date (End): January 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Veterinary Medicine
Principal Investigator:Maria Cristina Ferrarini Nunes Soares Hage
Grantee:Anna Carolina Mazeto Ercolin
Host Institution: Faculdade de Zootecnia e Engenharia de Alimentos (FZEA). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Pirassununga , SP, Brazil


Based on physiological parameters established by a recent study that evaluated the anatomy of canine spine and adjacent structures using the ultrasound (FAPESP n. 2014/13893-6: "Appicability of musculoskeletal ultrasonography in the thoracolumbar and lumbar region of spine in healthy dogs"), this study aims to investigate the applicability of the ultrasonographic technique for musculoskeletal structures from the thoracolumbar and lumbar spine of symptomatic dogs. Methods involve epaxial muscle thickness and CSA measurements in order to estimate atrophy level and descriptive analysis of lesions. After comparative studies between radiology and ultrasonography, we expected the ultrasound to be a viable method for the detection of musculoskeletal alterations in dogs. Furthermore, both methods will be evaluated in terms of pros and cons, according to the different type of lesion. The diagnostic role of musculoskeletal ultrasonography will be established. (AU)

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ERCOLIN, Anna Carolina Mazeto. The role of ultrasonographic examination in the evaluation of musculoskeletal alterations of the thoracolumbar and lumbar segments of the canine spine. 2018. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Zootecnica e Engenharia de Alimentos (FZE/BT) Pirassununga.

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