Idiopathic polyradiculoneuropathy in a Bengal cat: electrophysiological findings and 1 year follow-up

Granger, N., Stalin, C. E. , Harcourt Brown, T. B. and Jeffery, N. D. (2008) Idiopathic polyradiculoneuropathy in a Bengal cat: electrophysiological findings and 1 year follow-up. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 10(6), pp. 603-607. (doi: 10.1016/j.jfms.2008.03.008)

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This report describes a rapidly progressive loss of motor function in a 16-month-old male neutered Bengal cat, beginning in the pelvic limbs and progressing to involve all limbs and rendering the cat non-ambulatory. The neurological examination revealed flaccid tetraparesis with decreased spinal reflexes but preserved conscious proprioception and skin sensation. Extensive electrophysiological tests were conducted including electromyography, motor and sensory peripheral nerves potential recordings and 'late' potentials, defining the electrodiagnostic characteristics of this disease. Based on the electrophysiological findings, a generalised proximal and predominantly axonal neuropathy affecting the ventral (motor) nerve roots was suspected. As no aetiology was identified, this disease was classified as idiopathic polyradiculoneuropathy. Over a year, the cat presented three separate episodes of tetraparesis, each with a spontaneous complete recovery, consistent with the reportedly good prognosis for this disease.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stalin, Mrs Catherine
Authors: Granger, N., Stalin, C. E., Harcourt Brown, T. B., and Jeffery, N. D.
Subjects:S Agriculture > SF Animal culture > SF600 Veterinary Medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
ISSN (Online):1532-2750

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