Prevalence of diseases of the spinal cord of cats

K Marioni-Henry*, CH Vite, AL Newton, TJ Van Winkle

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A retrospective review of records of 205 cats with histologically confirmed disease of the spinal cord was performed to identify the prevalence of disease in this nonrandomly selected population of cats. Clinical records were reviewed, and age, duration of neurologic illness, and clinical and histopathologic findings in cats with spinal cord disease were abstracted. Disease processes were classified into 7 categories and 23 groups. The most common diseases affecting the spinal cord of cats were feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), lymphosarcoma (LSA), and neoplasia of the vertebral column secondarily affecting the spinal cord. Information on age, onset and duration of clinical signs, and lesion localization at the postmortem examination in cats belonging to the 7 categories of disease were analyzed to create a practical list of differential diagnoses. Cats were also subcategorized into 3 groups based on their age at death. FIP was the most common disease of cats younger than 2 years of age. LSA and vertebral column neoplasia were the most common diseases affecting cats between 2 and 8 years of age. Vertebral column neoplasia was the most common disease affecting cats older than 8 years of age. Results of this histopathologic study showed that FIP and LSA were the most common disease processes affecting the spinal cord of cats. However, at least 21 other groups of diseases and their relative prevalence were identified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)851-858
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Event20th Annual Forum of the American-College-of-Veterinary-Internal-Medicine - DALLAS, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jun 2002 → …

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • cat
  • central nervous system
  • feline infectious peritonitis
  • lymphosarcoma
  • neoplasia
  • vertebral column
  • BONE


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