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Featured article: Phantom scratching in canine syringomyelia

Measurements take from Cavalier King Charles Spaniels showed that phantom scratching is associated with syringomyelia in the mid-cervical (neck) spinal cord, which extends to and involves the outer upper edge of the spinal cord in a region called the superficial dorsal horn (SDH). The SDH receives sensory information from the skin and is an important relay for the sensations of pain and itch, and syringomyelia damage to this region might result in a hyperactive scratch reflex.

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