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Small Animal Neurological Emergencies

1st Edition

By Simon Platt, Laurent Garosi

CRC Press

672 pages | 430 Color Illus.

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This new book deals systematically with the assessment and treatment of small animal neurological patients in light of latest research findings and greatly improved imaging techniques.

The authors first discuss step-wise neurological and systemic approaches to common emergency cases—examination, critical care and rapid assessment—based on presenting signs. They then deal in depth with the pathophysiology, treatment options and likely prognoses of each of the more common types of neurological emergency, be it vascular accident, infection, trauma, seizure, acute disease or neoplasia. Detailed support techniques and therapies are provided on emergency anaesthesia, pain management, fluid therapy, post-operative care and physical rehabilitation.

The book will appeal to small animal practitioners, specialists, residents, course directors and students interested in neurology, emergency medicine and critical care, internal medicine, imaging and pathology.


… chock full of helpful images, diagrams, tables of differentials, and numerous decision-making flowcharts, all of which help to clarify what is being discussed. The list of abbreviations in the beginning is also very helpful…a valuable tool that most veterinarians will find extremely useful and should have in their clinic library…readable and easy to understand…I would highly recommend this to my peers

—Donna Jacobsen, DVM, Doody's Review Service, March 2013

The scope is much wider than just emergency presentation and treatment. The contributors are specialists in neurology, surgery, anaesthesia, and emergency and critical care from the United Kingdom, United States, Europe and Australia. … The inclusion of so much information makes this book a very good reference for any clinician (from students to medical and surgical specialists) to gain a better understanding of neurological diseases, their diagnosis, treatment and prognosis using a systematic approach. The illustrations, including diagrams, clinical cases, imaging and pathology, are excellent.

Australian Veterinary Journal, Volume 91, No 5, May 2013

Small Animal Neurological Emergencies’ can guide you though this minefield of a subject…clearly written, with plenty of colour photographs and diagrams to illustrate concepts, equipment and techniques…comprehensive…good background reading for anybody dealing with these cases on a regular basis…clear and well written and provides readers with up-to-date and detailed information.

—Lindsay Kellett-Gregory, Veterinary Record, September 2012

…a very comprehensive book covering all aspects of neurological emergencies in incredible detail… a real step-by-step approach… detailed practical help… provide[s] a logical diagnostic approach… very detailed explanations, diagnostic approaches and treatment options… an incredibly detailed and accessible book covering every aspect of neurological emergencies… beautifully laid out with coloured photographs, schematic diagrams, example x-rays and MRis in abundance… I feel that anybody, whether in referral or general practice, who sees neurological cases even on a rare occasion will find this book both invaluable and interesting.

—Sharon Cole, Veterinary Practice, October 2012

Table of Contents

Admission and Neurodiagnostic Tests

Examining the neurological emergency

Laurent Garosi

Respiratory and cardiovascular support in the neurological patient

Anthea Raisis and Gabrielle Musk

Metabolic evaluation of critically ill neurological patients

Louise Clark

Imaging of neurological emergencies

Fraser McConnell

Cerebrospinal fluid analysis

Amy Wood, Laurent Garosi and Simon Platt

Decision Making

Obtundation, stupor and coma

Peter Dickinson


Simon Platt

Exercise-associated weakness and collapse

Arianna Negrin and Simon Platt


John Levine

Paresis and paralysis

Jay McDonnell

Spinal pain

Ronaldo da Costa

Acute blindness

Peter Nghiem and Scott Schatzberg

Tremors and involuntary movements

Marc Kent

Head tilt and nystagmus

Laurent Garosi

Acute disorders of the head and face

Lara Matiasek and Alberta de Stefani

Monoparesis and neurological causes of lameness

Toby Gemmill and Malcolm McKee

Specific Emergencies—Diagnosis and Treatment

Cerebrovascular accidents

Laurent Garosi

Ischaemic myelopathy

Luisa de Risio

Infectious and inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system

Scott Schatzberg and Peter Nghiem

Head trauma

Courtenay Freeman and Simon Platt

Spinal trauma

Natasha Olby

Acute disc disease

Joan Coates

Status epilepticus

Allison Haley and Simon Platt

Myasthenia gravis

Kerry Bailey

Tetanus and botulism

Jacques Penderis

Intracranial neoplasia and secondary pathological effects

John Rossmeisl and Theresa Pancotto

Metabolic encephalopathies

Kate Chandler and Robert Goggs

Neurological toxicities

Jennifer Pittman, Benjamin Brainard and Katrin Swindells

Specific Management Issues

Emergency neuroanaesthesia

Anthea Raisis and Gabrielle Musk

Analgesia for patients with neurological disease

Gabrielle Musk and Anthea Raisis

Fluid therapy

Anthea Raisis and Katrin Swindells

Postoperative and supportive care and physical rehabilitation

Sebastien Behr and Rebecca Green

Further reading

Drug dosages for the emergency patient

Amy Wood, Simon Platt and Laurent Garosi

Units and reference ranges

Simon Platt and Laurent Garosi

Blood transfusion sheet

Simon Platt and Laurent Garosi

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Veterinary Medicine / General
MEDICAL / Veterinary Medicine / Food Animal