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|Title: ||An extreme case of masticatory myositis|
|Authors: ||Andreou, Andreas|
|Keywords: ||Dogs -- Diseases -- Case studies|
|Issue Date: ||30-Mar-2005|
|Series/Report no.: ||Senior seminar paper|
Seminar SF610.1 2005 A53
|Abstract: ||Lucy, an 8-year-old female spayed Labrador retriever mix, presented to the Triage
Service at Cornell University Hospital for Animals due to signs of respiratory distress.
Lucy's owner indicated a history of inappetance, intermittent cough, and difficulty
walking for the past two weeks. Initially, Lucy presented to the referring veterinarian
(rDVM) who recorded a right hindlimb lameness, fever of 104.3 degrees Fahrenheit, and
tachypnea. Cephalexin was prescribed to treat a possible bronchitis seen on chest
radiographs. The following day she re-presented to the rDVM. Serum chemistry
revealed a mildly increased alkaline phosphatase (ALP). Tachypnea was still evident yet
her lungs ausculted normally, so a week-long course of Deramaxx for possible blunt
trauma to the chest was initiated. Ptyalism, progressive intermittent inappetance, and
white mucoid sputum were observed for several days. She was rechecked by the rDVM
one week later, at which time a complete blood count (CBC) documented a leukocytosis.
Heartworm test was negative at this time. She was treated with more cephalexin,
aminophylline as a bronchodilator, and instructions for nebulization and coupage at
home. Within five days, Lucy stopped drinking abruptly, and would only eat via syringe
force-feeding. Her owner mentioned that she did not tolerate pilled medications; Lucy
had become increasingly stubborn over the last several days and would clench her mouth
shut when her owner attempted to medicate her. After approximately two weeks since
her original symptoms, Lucy presented to Cornell.|
|Description: ||Senior seminar (D.V.M.) -- Cornell University, 2005.
Includes bibliographical references (leaf ).|
|Appears in Collections:||Senior Seminars|
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