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Cervico-thoracic vertebral subluxation in sheep: Awareness among veterinarians of a rare syndrome

Aleri, J.W., Russell, S., Richardson, J., Stephens, N.S., Lee, G.K.C. and Laurence, M.ORCID: 0000-0003-1215-2848 (2020) Cervico-thoracic vertebral subluxation in sheep: Awareness among veterinarians of a rare syndrome. Research in Veterinary Science, 130 . pp. 79-86.

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Cervico-thoracic vertebral subluxation (CTVS) in sheep is a collective term that is used to describe various conditions that concomitantly affect the cervical and thoracic vertebrae, leading to their collapse. The aetiology and pathophysiology of CTVS remain unknown. The objective of this study was to conduct an epidemiological farm investigation and describe the clinicopathological findings of CTVS cases occurring in a flock of sheep; as well as to determine awareness of CTVS among sheep producers and ruminant veterinarians in Australia. Diagnostic imaging revealed severe deformities in the vertebrae between C6–C7 and T1–T3. Sheep affected with CTVS were at a four times higher risk of having low body condition scores (< 2 based on a 5-point scale) compared with non-affected sheep, OR = 3.98, 95% CI (1.20–12.65), p = .02. Survey results revealed that only 34% (15/44) of respondents were aware of CTVS. There is a need to further explore the aetiology and pathophysiology of CTVS, and the impact it has on sheep breeding and production.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Veterinary Medicine
Publisher: W. B. Saunders Co., Ltd.
Copyright: © 2020 Elsevier Ltd.
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