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Radial Nerve Injury in the Dog

Radial Nerve Injury in the Dog


Clinically recognize and diagnose the the difference between proximal and distal radial nerve injury in the canine patient.

Pathway to Success:
Step 1: Read Summary and Objective
Step 2: Read References in Miller's Anatomy of the Dog & Merck Veterinary Manual under "Textbooks"
Step 3: See Videos under "Textbooks" AND see Anatomic and Clinical Diagnoses
Step 4: See Slideshow: "Proximal vs. Distal Radial Nerve Injuries"
Step 5: See Videos:
1- Radial Nerve Paralysis from Brachial Plexus Injury
2- Radial Nerve Injury- Proximal Division
3- Radial Nerve Injury- Distal Division
Step 6: Review Slideshow above and study until confident with competence
Step 7: Open the Slideshow: "Self-Assessment- Radial Nerve Paralysis" and choose your answers
Level of Competence Desired-
Mastery- Complete the Self-Assessment Closed Book and achieve a score of 90% or greater
Competent- Complete the Self-Assessment Closed Book and achieve a score of 70% or greater
Informed- Complete the Self-Assessment Open Book
Step 8: Check answers: "Answer Key to Self-Assesment"
Step 9: Review against any errors
Step 10: Assignment Completed

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Proximal vs. Distal Radial Nerve Injuries

Neuroanatomy and comparative pathophysiology and clinical presentations of two distinct types of radial nerve injury

Radial Nerve Paralysis from Brachial Plexus Injury

Notice extreme affect on gait and atrophy of tricipital and craniolateral extensor muscles

Radial Nerve Injury- Proximal Division

Notice knuckling, extreme gait deficit and lack of ability to support weight on the left thoracic limb

Source: Dr. Worthman

Radial Nerve Injury- Distal Division

Notice dog knuckles on slippery floor at first step and then compensates with an exaggerated forward phase to "fling" paw forward to land.

Source: Dr. Worthman

Self-Assessment- Radial Nerve Paralysis

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Answer Key to Self-Assesment

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Questions and Answers

  • maureen
    Answer 1
    maureen — over 1 year ago

    my dog is a patterdale terrier ,and for 2 days he as been very ,withdrawn he cries when walking and sits with his head pointing upwards ,is not eating and today as started to pant more than usual and tends to shake a lot ,my son brought his pup round to mine c,my (Spirit )was jumping up with all his might ,could he have injured himself in any way ?

      lorena cranch answered 12 months ago

      Is the dog on Trifexis? Shaking, looking up whimpering all symptoms.

  • Chris
    Answers 0
    Chris — over 1 year ago

    My greyhound has this, what causes it? I am concerned it was the dog door?

  • Answers 0
    Allison Gage over 2 years ago

    Thank you for this very informative learning packet. Can you give me some causes of radial nerve injuries and any preventative actions dog owners can take?


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