Syringomyelia in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (CKCS)
Syringomyelia (or syringohydromyelia) is also known as Chiari-like malformation (a reference to the human disease), also known as caudal occipital malformation syndrome, is a common disease in dogs. Affected dogs develop a cyst-like lesion in their spinal cord and this causes pain, and movement abnormalities. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (CKCS) are genetically predisposed to develop this neurological abnormality but it can also be seen in other breeds. The diagnosis of syringomyelia can easily be confirmed using MRI which is now readily available for veterinary patients.