MRI findings in a case of canine tick born meningoencephalomyelitis

Beckmann, K.; Oevermann, Anna; Golini, L.; Steffen, F.; Kircher, P.R.; Carrera, I. (2014). MRI findings in a case of canine tick born meningoencephalomyelitis. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 156(8), pp. 395-399. Huber 10.1024/0036-7281/a000612

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Tick borne encephalitis virus (TBE) is an endemic infectious agent in northeastern Switzerland causing mainly meningoencephalomyelitis in dogs. We report a canine case of tick born meningoencephalomyelitis resulting in flaccid tetraplegia and, subsequently, fatal respiratory failure. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated intra-axial bilateral, symmetric, and hyperintense lesions in T2-weighted and Fluid Attenuated Inversion Recovery (FLAIR) sequences affecting thalamus, basal nuclei, cerebral white matter and ventral horns of the caudal cervical spine. These radiological findings overlap those described during flavivirus encephalitis affecting human beings. These lesions in MRI and diffusion weighted images correlated with areas of vasogenic edema detected histopathologically. In endemic regions, clinicians should be aware that bilateral, symmetrical hyperintense thalamic lesions in T2WI can be suggestive of flavivirus infection in dogs with encephalitis

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Experimental Clinical Research
05 Veterinary Medicine > Research Foci > NeuroCenter
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH)

UniBE Contributor:

Oevermann, Anna

Subjects:

500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology

ISSN:

0036-7281

Publisher:

Huber

Language:

English

Submitter:

Anna Oevermann

Date Deposited:

10 Mar 2015 14:26

Last Modified:

11 Sep 2017 10:32

Publisher DOI:

10.1024/0036-7281/a000612

PubMed ID:

25082637

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Frühsommermeningoencephalitis, Hund, MRI, dog, tick born meningoencephalomyelitis

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.64249

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/64249

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