Imaging Diagnosis-Polioencephalomalacia In A Calf

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TAKESHI TSUKA YT, SHINGO OKAMURA, HIDENORI TAMURA, YOSHIHARU OKAMOTO, YASUHIKO OKAMURA, SABURO MINAMI,.

Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound 2008;49:149-151.

A 2-month-old mix-breed calf developed acute blindness and ataxia. Serum thiamine concentration was deficient. In antemortem magnetic resonance imaging there were laminar T2-hyperintense regions extending along the cerebral cortex that primarily affected the gray matter. The lesions were relatively symmetric between the left and right hemispheres but no abnormalities were present at the frontal lobes. At necropsy, laminar autofluorescence of the cerebral cortex was observed under ultraviolet exposure at 365†nm, consistent with a diagnosis of polioencephalomalacia. Polioencephalomalacia in the bovine species is compared with that in other species, namely humans, dogs, and cats.