We,mother Kaco and daughter Saya, are working on dogs and cats conservation activities.This is our activities' blog. We hope to share the information with many people, and we also would like to transmit the information. We started the activities in earnest in 2005. Looking for adopters for 9 dogs which some homeless people were unable to look after let us to start the activities.(ル二さん 訳)


小春 検査に行きました Koharu Went to the Exam Room


I finally brought Koharu, who I suspected of having brain dysfunction when I took her in, to get examined.

Today we were giving her an MRI and checking her cerebrospinal fluid.

They started exams after explaining the process to me.
Then there was a 2 hour waiting period.

Then the results: a cerebellar & posterior vermis deficiency.

First I was relieved. I had been expecting a problem with her cerebellum based on her symptoms, which hadn’t progressed or worsened from the time I took her in until now. However, I still couldn’t rule out the possibility, however low, of a brain tumor. A lack of a cerebellum wasn’t anything surprising.

The first picture shows that the posterior half of the cerebellum is missing (indicated by the yellow arrows)

The second picture shows a buildup of fluid

So what happens when there’s damage to the cerebellum?
The cerebellum is responsible for receiving sensory information and coordinating the body’s voluntary movements, such as keeping balance and moving the eyes. Therefore, if the cerebellum is damaged, you may see the following symptoms:
-irregular walking
-rapid, involuntary eye movements
-lack of depth perception
-shaking at the beginning of movements
Furthermore, since this is mostly a hereditary problem, symptoms appear as early as 3 weeks after birth. (It may also be acquired from viral and bacterial infections, external wounds, tumors, etc.)

If it’s acquired, we treat it by treating the underlying cause, but there is no cure if it is hereditary. It is important to keep her environment safe to prevent accidents from spasms and shaking.
How about her problems with balance and depth perception? Specifically, she does things like knock into object and bump her face on the bottom of her food bowl, and when you pick her up, her head sometimes tilts, and she has a hard time regaining her balance once you put her back down.

Luckily there’s no interference with daily life, and her life isn’t at risk.    

She’s still only one year old. I hope she can find a family that will understand her disability, but I want them to go straight to get MRI scans if they think anything about her behavior is odd, and getting MRIs done is expensive. So…hmm…this is a hard case. (-_-;)

In any case, we ruled out brain cancer, which is good.    

ぽちっと応援お願いします Every bit helps  にほんブログ村 犬ブログへ にほんブログ村 犬ブログ 犬 ボランティアへ

0 件のコメント: