Approach to Balance Disorders in Cats

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Category: Neurology Club
Published on: 18.12.2013


Dr Laurent Garosi DVM Dip ECVN MRCVS
RCVS & European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology
Head of Neurology/Neurosurgery- Davies Veterinary Specialists

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About The Webinar

The vestibular system is essential in maintaining balance and preventing the animal falling over by keeping and adapting the position of the eyes, head and body with respect to gravity. It is therefore not surprising that disease of the vestibular system results in some of the most dramatic and distressing neurological signs. Head tilt, falling, rolling, leaning, circling, abnormal nystagmus and ataxia commonly result. Clinical signs of vestibular disease may be a result of lesions involving either the receptor organs in the inner ear or the vestibular portion of the eighth cranial nerve (ie, peripheral vestibular disease) or lesions involving the brainstem vestibular nuclei or vestibular centers in the cerebellum (ie, central vestibular disease). This presentation reviews the physiology of the vestibular system and discusses the clinical approach of an animal with vestibular disorder.

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