Scientific Works Series C. Veterinary Medicine

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RADIOLOGICAL ASPECTS ASSOCIATED WITH OSTEOCHONDRODYSPLASIA IN A SCOTTISH FOLD CAT: CASE REPORT

Published in Scientific Works. Series C. Veterinary Medicine, Vol. LXVI, Issue 1
Written by Andreea ISTRATE, Alexandra PETEOACA, Radu CONSTANTINESCU, Andrei TANASE

Scottish Fold cats have an unique appearance due to their forward-folded ears, being considered a defining feature of the breed. It is considered that the folded ears are a result of an underlying cartilage disorder, a genetic abnormality that predisposes the affected cats for another genetical condition of the musculo-skeletal system, termed osteochondrodysplasia. Osteochondrodysplasia is a painful and progressive syndrome characteristic only to the Scottish Fold breed due to a mutation in the TRPV4 gene. This condition is characterised by skeletal deformities, such as shortened feet and splayed phalanges, affecting primarily the hindlimbs, short, thick and inflexible tails, shortened caudal vertebras and ankylosing polyarthropathy of the affected joints. This paper has the objective of characterising the main bone and joint problems observed in a 1 year-old female Scottish Fold cat which presented for lameness and postural abnormalities of the hindlimbs.

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