Journal article

Suspected hereditary cervicothoracic vertebral subluxation with cervical myopathy in Poll Merino sheep

N Cronin, P Loukopoulos, D Brown, BA O'Rourke, G Morrice, PA Windsor

Australian Veterinary Journal | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Cervicothoracic vertebral subluxation in sheep presents as a postural and locomotor disorder, and has been described in several breeds in Australia and overseas. Cervical myopathy may also be present in these cases. CASE REPORT: A New South Wales sheep producer reported a postural and locomotor disorder with a low prevalence in his Poll Merino stud flock, affecting neonate, weaner and adult sheep. Animals with postural abnormalities, variable degrees of ataxia and proprioceptive deficits involving both fore and hind limbs were described. Abnormalities of the cervicothoracic vertebral column were identified grossly during necropsy, with misalignment and consequent narrowing of the..

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