Manunta, Maria Lucia Gabriella M. and Evangelisti, Maria Antonietta and Varcasia, Antonio and Columbano, Nicolò and Sanna Passino, Eraldo (2012) What is your neurologic diagnosis? Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Vol. 240 (5), p. 525-527. ISSN 0003-1488. Article.
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A 1-year-old 15-kg (33-lb) female dwarf goat was evaluated because of a 1-month history of progressive neurologic disturbances. The goat lived in a rural environment with its dam and a few sheep and dogs. The owner had noticed neurologic signs 4 months earlier; at that time, the goat had received no treatment. Physical examination findings were considered normal. Because of repeated handling of the goat since birth, it was possible to perform a neurologic examination as though the goat were a small animal. Neurologic examination revealed that the goat had a depressed mental status, left head turn, wide-based stance, hypertonia, ataxia, hypermetria, and prolonged retention of food in the mouth. Postural reactions of all 4 limbs were diminished. Menace response was reduced bilaterally. Spinal reflexes were considered normal. Signs of pain were elicited during palpation of the cervical region of the vertebral column.
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