Persistent hypothermia in a cat following traumatic brain injury
TJ McAlees, SA Holloway
AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY PRACTITIONER | AUSTRALIAN SMALL ANIMAL VETERINARY ASSOC | Published : 2007
A case of persistent hypothermia in a cat with traumatic brain injury is presented. Immediately after the vehicular accident the cat was observed to seizure (by the owner). It was presented to the referring veterinarian in an obtunded state and endotracheal intubation was performed without sedation. The cat gradually recovered full neurological function over the following week. Since the accident it has remained persistently hypothermic unless an external heat source was supplied. Long-term alterations in temperature regulation have long been recognised in people but hypothermia as a chronic complication of head trauma in cats has, to the knowledge of the authors, not been reported.