Clinical presentation, diagnostic findings, prognostic factors, treatment and outcome in dogs with meningoencephalomyelitis of unknown origin: A review

I Cornelis 1L Van Ham 2I Gielen 3S De Decker 4S F M Bhatti 2

Vet Journal 2019 Feb:244:37-44.

 doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2018.12.007. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Meningoencephalomyelitis of unknown origin (MUO) encompasses a group of idiopathic, most likely immune mediated, inflammatory central nervous system diseases that cause clinical, diagnostic and treatment challenges to veterinary neurologists. Clinical criteria for obtaining this presumptive diagnosis are currently available, and multiple treatment protocols have previously been investigated in small (prospective or retrospective) case series. As this group of diseases is considered fatal if left untreated, the identification of clinically usable prognostic indices could be of great value. This review provides an overview of recent developments in the clinical presentation, diagnostic findings, possible prognostic factors, treatment and outcome in dogs diagnosed with MUO.

Keywords: Canine; Granulomatous meningoencephalomyelitis; MUA; Necrotizing leucoencephalitis; Necrotizing meningoencephalomyelitis.

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