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A DESCRIPTION OF THREE CASES OF PARASITIC MENINGOMYELITIS IN FELINES FROM THE PROVINCE OF SANTA FÉ, ARGENTINA
Bono Battistoni, María Florencia1*; Orcellet, Viviana1; Marengo, Rafael1; Bosio, Anabela1; Junkers, Esteban1; Plaza, Dana1; Marini, María del Rocío2; Sanchez, Amorina2; Rubio, María Georgina3; Candiotti, Víctor3; Ruiz, Marcelo4; De Gennaro, Mariana4; Tomatis, Fabiana4; Cignetti, Luciana

The present study reports the case of three female felines from rural areas, which were taken for consultation to the School of Veterinary Sciences of Universidad Nacional de Litoral (UNL). They presented severe chronic movement diffiulties, mainly in their hindquarters. They underwent a semiological and neurologic exam and x-rays of the thoracolumbar spine (lateral and ventro-dorsal views). Blood and serum samples were taken for blood count and biochemistry. The x-ray fims did not exhibit disorders in the spine and the blood count revealed eosinophilia. The three of them presented evident ambulatory ataxia and paresia. At necropsy, we could observe redness of the dura with a varicose subarachnoid hemorrhage at the lumbar level of the spine. Histopathologically speaking, meningomyelitis with thrombophlebitis at lumbar levels, a leukocyte exudate mostly containing eosinophils and the formation of perivascular cuffs were observed. Besides, parasitic forms containing eggs and calcifid structures compatible with them were found. Considering the signs, the macroscopic and microscopic lesions and the origin of the animals, it is believed that they were infested by Gurltia paralysans.

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