Journal article

Another case of canine amoebic meningoencephalitis-the challenges of reaching a rapid diagnosis

Priscilla J Hodge, Kylie Kelers, Robin B Gasser, Govinda S Visvesvara, Sandra Martig, Sam N Long

PARASITOLOGY RESEARCH | SPRINGER | Published : 2011

Abstract

A case of granulomatous amoebic meningoencephalitis in a previously healthy, mature, apparently immunocompetent dog, with a history of exposure to stagnant water, is reported. The case presented with ataxia and a tendency to fall to the left side. A computed tomography (CT) showed a ring-enhancing lesion within the cerebellum; an examination of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) revealed nonspecific mixed-cell pleocytosis. Despite antibiotic and anti-inflammatory therapy, clinical signs progressed rapidly to decerebellate rigidity over 4 days, and the dog was euthanased. Significant post-mortem findings were restricted to the brain, with a localised lytic lesion in the deep cerebellar white matter. H..

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