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Fibrocartilaginous Embolization (FCE)

What is Fibrocartilaginous Embolization?

 

An FCE is caused by a small piece of cartilage that enters the spinal cord’s vascular system and blocks blood flow to the spinal cord (also called spinal cord infarction, aka stroke). FCE classically occurs in very active, young to middle-aged, medium to large breed dogs who are out playing/exercising. They will typically yelp out and become suddenly unable to walk. FCE can occur in small dog breeds as well, most notably the Miniature Schnauzer.