Diagnosis and surgical removal of brain abscesses in a juvenile alpaca

Talbot, C. E. , Mueller, K., Granger, N. and Jeffery, N. D. (2007) Diagnosis and surgical removal of brain abscesses in a juvenile alpaca. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 231(10), pp. 1558-1561. (doi: 10.2460/javma.231.10.1558)

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Case Description—A 1-month-old female alpaca was examined because of progressive clinical signs consistent with an intracranial lesion.<p></p> Clinical Findings—Clinical signs included signs of depression, lethargy, tetraparesis, and neck weakness. Two large isointense intracranial masses could be seen on T1-weighted magnetic resonance images. On T2-weighted images, the masses contained concentric rings of hypointense and hyperintense material.<p></p> Treatment and Outcome—2 abscesses were removed via a craniotomy that incorporated removal of the sagittal crest and surrounding skull and transection of the sagittal sinus. The bony deficit was replaced with polypropylene mesh. The alpaca recovered within 2 weeks and was fully integrated into the herd within 1 month after surgery.<p></p> Clinical Relevance—Findings indicated that surgical removal is a feasible means of successfully treating intracranial abscesses in juvenile alpacas.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Stalin, Mrs Catherine
Authors: Talbot, C. E., Mueller, K., Granger, N., 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 the American Veterinary Medical Association
Publisher:American Veterinary Medical Association
ISSN (Online):1943-569X
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