Posted on August 7, 2017
Lilo and I wanted to thank you again for all of your support. Last Friday, August 4, Lilo underwent her first MRI and CT scan. These tests have confirmed that Lilo was born with not one birth defect, but two. Her neurologist, Dr. De Pompa at South East Veterinary Neurology told us that Lilo was born with Spina Bifida and that, "Lilo's examination findings are indicative of a problem affecting her lower spine. An MRI and CT scan was performed and revealed a malformation where a tubular continuation of the subcutaneous tissue to the dorsal aspect of the spinal cord can be seen. Such defects are typically causes of incomplete separation of the skin and the nervous system during embryonic development. This is a congenital, hereditary problem and Lilo was most likely born with this condition.
Treatment is aimed at surgical excision with the goal to prevent clinical signs from worsening. As Lilo will continue to grow, the lesion may cause tethering of the spinal cord/nerve roots and lead to further symptoms including potentially pelvic limb paralysis. At times, patients may improve after surgery, however her incontinence will likely not improve greatly after surgery."
As you may know, Lilo's surgery will not be inexpensive and we still need your support to help Lilo get the medical help she needs. If you can please share this page with your family and/or friends so that we can meet our goal we would greatly appreciate it.
Tiffany and Lilo