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FCE in Dogs

A fibrocartilagenous embolism (FCE) is the equivalent of a stroke in the spine instead of in the brain.  It is seen most commonly in dogs.  It happens when a small fragment of the cartilaginous intervertebral disk breaks off and becomes lodged in one of the blood vessels in the spine, suddenly compromising blood supply to that section of the spinal cord.  This causes a sudden onset weakness or paralysis to one limb, to both back legs or to all four legs, depending on which part of the spinal cord is affected. read more