Neuromuscular Disease in Cats

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Category: Neurology Club
Published on: 26.02.2014

Presenter:

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

Feline neuromuscular disease can be a diagnostic challenge. Peripheral nerve, neuromuscular junction and muscle diseases most often produce lower motor neuron signs with varying degree of paresis, hypotonia, hyporeflexia and muscle atrophy. Many cats will present a plantigrade stance or a crouched pelvic limb gait and cervical ventro-flexion. As other signs of neuromuscular disorder, these signs are not pathognomonic of an underlying cause but only reflect neuromuscular weakness associated with lower motor neuron involvement. Successful work-up relies on a thorough clinical and neurological examination, and logical problem solving, based on the understanding of the underlying neuroanatomical and pathophysiological mechanisms.

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