Surgical treatment of a cerebral brain abscess in a cat

E.G.H. Wouters, M. Beukers, L.F.H. Theyse

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    Abstract A nine-year-old male castrated European Shorthair cat was presented with a six-day history of progressive depression and ataxic gait. Neurological examination revealed depression, absent menace in the left eye, absent pupillary light reflex in the right eye, anisocoria, circling to the right, and delayed proprioception in all limbs. Magnetic resonance imaging showed a space-occupying right temporal lobe lesion adjacent to a small defect in the temporal bone suggestive of a meningo-encephalitis with concurrent abscess formation. The site was surgically approached by a rostrotentorial craniectomy. A cerebral abscess was found and debrided. Histopathological examination of the removed tissue demonstrated a subacute to chronic purulent encephalitis with extensive necrosis of brain tissue. Neurological symptoms resolved completely within two weeks and full recovery was observed four weeks after surgery. PMID:21103648[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)72-75
    Number of pages4
    JournalVeterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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