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Year : 2015
Tome : 166
Volume : 11-12
Pages : 332-335
Title : Lumbar vertebral angiomatosis in a cat: a clinical case
Authors : C. RICCO, B. BOUVY, E. GOMES, L. CAUZINILLE
Summary : A 3.5-year-old cat presented with hind limb paresis of 2-months' duration. Neurological examination revealed a T3-L3 spinal cord tract lesion. Survey radiographs identified a modified aspect of the fifth lumbar vertebra, and the contrast medium used in the myelography did not progress cranially to that point. Computed tomography (CT) myelography confirmed the presence of a right-sided extra-dural mass. As the lesion was surrounded by adipose tissue based on the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), surgery was attempted to remove the mass. Angiomatosis was confirmed by histopathology. To our knowledge, this malformation is rare in cats. This case includes many interesting features, including the age at diagnosis, the lumbar localisation and the first report of an MRI investigation. MRI represents the gold standard for visualisation of nervous tissue, hence an additional interest of this study, for which the impact of the lesion on the spinal cord could be visualised before surgery. The underlying process of angiomatosis is also discussed.
Keywords : Cat, Vertebra, Angiomatosis, Paresis, Malformation, MRI, CT
Correspondence : C. RICCO
Adress : C.H.V Frégis, 43 Av. Aristide Briand, 94110 Arcueil, FRANCE. riccocristoforo@yahoo.fr
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