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Streptococcal meningoencephalitis in a dog

Irwin, P.J. and Parry, B.W. (1999) Streptococcal meningoencephalitis in a dog. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, 35 (5). pp. 417-422.

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A 5.5-year-old French bulldog was presented with acute neck pain and a short history of central vestibular syndrome. A marked neutrophilic pleocytosis and numerous gram-positive cocci were evident on cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) cytology. Streptococcus pneumoniae, a pathogen of humans, was isolated upon CSF microbiological culture. Treatment consisted of intravenous antibiotics, supportive care, and anticonvulsants for the generalized seizures which developed shortly after admission. The dog responded to therapy and two years later exhibited only a mild, residual head tilt. The pathogenesis and treatment of bacterial meningoencephalitis in dogs are reviewed.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: American Animal Hospital Association
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