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Volume 24(1), Spring 2014

Reprint paper (SAVAB)

Anaesthetic arthrography of the shoulder joint in dogs

Complementary imaging quiz


The diagnosis of shoulder abnormalities in the authors’ study was based on clinical and imaging findings and further confirmed by arthroscopy.

Click here to test your viewing skills of these diagnostic images of selected cases of the study.

by Delphine Van Vynckt, Geert Verhoeven, Yves Samoy, Ingeborgh Polis, Henri van Bree and Bernadette Van Ryssen

Shoulder OCD


In the study, the response to intra-articular anaesthesia was positive in 18 out of 18 dogs with an OCD lesion.


The technique

Lateral aspect of a right shoulder joint - craniolateral puncture site. The needle is inserted between the acromion (a) and the greater tubercle (g) in a caudomedial direction.

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Anaesthetic arthrography: why?


Anaesthetic arthrography, or the combination of intra-articular anaesthesia with arthrography, is a fast, minimally invasive and very efficient diagnostic tool to localise intra-articular shoulder problems and provide additional diagnostic information ...

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Objective: to evaluate the use of intra-articular anaesthesia combined with positive contrast arthrography (collectively called ‘anaesthetic arthrography’ [AA]) in the shoulder in order to identify and confirm the source of pain in lame dogs.

Methods: anaesthetic arthrography was performed in 30 dogs with shoulder joint lameness with a mixture of contrast medium (iohexol: 240 mg i/ml) and a local anaesthetic (mepivacaine 2%:

20 mg/ml). The effect of intra-articular anaesthesia was evaluated by an objectified visual scoring system and the arthrograms were evaluated for their diagnostic value. ...

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