Frankie, an 11 month-old neutered male cat presented to Southeast Veterinary Neurology for progressive rear leg weakness that worsened until he was unable to walk. He was extremely painful when touched and would hide under the bed. He was so painful that he had stopped eating. Examination localized his problem to the mid-back spinal cord. Possible causes included infection, inflammation, trauma, malformation or less likely a tumor.
A high-field MRI of the entire thoracolumbar spine showed a contrast-enhancing mass in the mid-thoracic spine. Surgery was performed at Southeast Veterinary Neurology and a large mass was removed surrounding the spinal cord. Here is a video of Frankie a few months after surgery. Note that his hair coat is still growing after surgery. He is much more comfortable and is walking better. It has been over 18 months since Frankie’s surgery and he remains normal.