Brachycephalic features in CKCS with CM-SM associated pain

Great paper published in JVIM as early view looking at morphometric analysis of facial anatomy and dysmorphia in Chiari-like malformation‐associated pain (CM‐P) and syringomyelia (SM) in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (CKCS).

Dogs with clinically relevant CM/SM are more likely to have brachycephalic features of the rostral skull flattening with reduction of nasal tissue and a well‐defined stop. This study suggests that the whole skull should be analyzed and not just the hindbrain currently required in pre-breeding screening. It also provides further evidence of at-risk head conformation for this condition.

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Laurent Garosi
Simon Platt