MRI findings in a dog with discospondylitis caused by Bordetella species

J Small Anim Pract. 2004 Aug;45(8):417-20. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5827.2004.tb00259.x.


A case of discospondylitis in a dog secondary to Bordetella species, diagnosed early with the assistance of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), is reported. The history and clinical signs were suggestive of possible discospondylitis. MRI identified changes and allowed a presumptive diagnosis of discospondylitis, which was subsequently confirmed by bacterial culture of biopsy material. Discospondylitis associated with Bordetella species infection has not, to the authors' knowledge, been previously reported in the dog.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bordetella / isolation & purification*
  • Bordetella Infections / diagnosis
  • Bordetella Infections / veterinary*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Discitis / diagnosis
  • Discitis / veterinary*
  • Dog Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Dog Diseases / pathology
  • Dogs
  • Lumbar Vertebrae
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / veterinary
  • Male