Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin



    Craniocervical junction in dogs revisited:
    new ligaments and confirmed presence of enthesis fibrocartilage (2012)

    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Kupczynska, M
    Wieladek, A
    Janczyk, P
    Research in Veterinary Science; 92(3) — S. 356–361
    ISSN: 0034-5288
    DOI: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2011.04.003
    Pubmed: 21529866
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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    The study was performed to investigate and to describe features of gross and microscopic morphology of craniocervical junction (CCJ) in dogs. Seventy mature dogs (38 females, 32 males) of different body weight, representing small, medium and large breeds of dolicho-, mesati-, and brachycephalic morphotype were dissected. Morphological details were localised using an operating microscope with integrated video channel. Occurrence and distribution of fibrocartilage in the ligaments from 10 dogs was analysed histologically. Three new pairs of ligaments were described and named: dorsal ligaments of atlas, cranial internal collateral ligaments of atlas, and caudal internal collateral ligaments of atlas. Several new findings in the course of the known ligaments were found relating to breed and body weight. For the first time enthesis fibrocartilage was identified in ligaments of CCJ in dogs. Sesamoidal fibrocartilage was identified in the transversal ligament of atlas in large dogs. The findings are discussed for clinical importance.