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Late onset cerebellar degeneration in a middle-aged cat.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16781880     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Cerebellar degeneration (abiotrophy) (CD) is a spontaneous and accelerated degeneration of one or several mature cerebellar neuronal cell populations and has been described in many domestic animals, especially in dogs, with numerous breed-related cases. In cats, CD is mentioned as a rare sporadic entity. Late onset CDs are exceptionally uncommon and only two cases are reported in young adults, both aged 18 months. This report describes clinical and pathological findings of a late onset feline CD in a 9-year-old male Persian cat. The cat was presented with a history of progressive ataxia lasting 2 years. Neurological examination revealed severe neurological deficits such as generalised and severe ataxia, hypermetria in all four limbs, and bilateral absence of menace response. The lesion was diffusely localised in cerebellum. On gross pathology, the cerebellum appeared of normal size and shape and kidneys were characterised by mild hyperaemia. Histologically, lesions were limited to the cerebellum and kidneys. In the cerebellum, all cerebellar folia of both hemispheres and the vermis were affected. Changes were characterised by severe and diffuse loss of Purkinje cells, loss of cellularity in the granular layer, mild astrogliosis associated with moderate hypertrophy of Bergmann's glia. Immunohistochemistry for feline parvovirus antigen revealed a negative result. Renal lesions consisted of chronic fibrosis associated with chronic interstitial nephritis. CD is a rare disease and occurs commonly in puppies or young animals, who are clinically normal at birth and usually develop neurological signs within a few weeks or months after birth. This report represents the first case of CD in a middle-aged cat.
Arianna Negrin; Marco Bernardini; Wolfgang Baumgärtner; Massimo Castagnaro
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2006-06-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of feline medicine and surgery     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1098-612X     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Feline Med. Surg.     Publication Date:  2006 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-13     Completed Date:  2007-02-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100897329     Medline TA:  J Feline Med Surg     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  424-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Public Health, Comparative Pathology and Veterinary Hygiene, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Università degli Studi di Padova, Viale dell'Università, 16, 35020 Legnaro, Padova, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Cat Diseases / diagnosis*,  pathology*
Cerebellar Ataxia / diagnosis,  pathology,  veterinary*
Cerebellum / pathology
Neurologic Examination / veterinary

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