Victim: Three-year old female Yorkshire Terrier dog
Diagnosis: Spinal cord injury, partial paralysis, muscle atrophy of front leg
A three-year-old female Yorkshire Terrier dog was microchipped for identification purposes. Three years later, she developed severe lameness and was unable to to bear weight on her front left leg. The muscles in her leg were found to be atrophying (wasting away). An X-ray revealed that the implanted microchip had lodged in the dog's spinal column. The dog received surgery to remove the microchip and eventually recovered the use of her legs. (Note: Microchip removal surgery is known to be extremely invasive.)
Published article: Joslyn et al., "Delayed spinal cord injury following microchip placement in a dog." Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology,Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2010;23(3):214-7.
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