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Hydrocephalus, supratentorial diverticulum and agenesis of the interthalamic adhesion and corpus callosum in a cat: MRI findings, treatment and follow-up
  1. Cinzia Boccanera1,
  2. Fabio Stabile2,
  3. Roberta Corvi3,
  4. Massimo Mariscoli4 and
  5. Maria Teresa Mandara5
  1. 1Medicina Veterinaria, Universita degli Studi di Perugia, Perugia, Italy
  2. 2Department of Neurology/ Neurosurgery, The Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, UK
  3. 3Universita degli Studi di Teramo Facolta di Medicina Veterinaria, Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy
  4. 4Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, University of Teramo, Teramo, Italy
  5. 5Biopathological Science, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Cinzia Boccanera; cinzia{at}


A four-year-old male neutered domestic shorthair cat was presented with a 48-hour history of cluster of generalised tonic–clonic seizures. General examination revealed craniofacial and eye abnormalities, which were reported since birth. Epileptic seizure activity was controlled with parenteral administration of phenobarbital. The cat underwent MRI of the head, which showed hydrocephalus, supratentorial diverticulum and agenesis of the interthalamic adhesion and corpus callosum. At the time of writing (two years after diagnosis), the cat is still leading a normal life on antiepileptic treatment with phenobarbital. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first report describing such a complex developmental abnormality in a cat.

  • cats
  • neurology
  • brain diseases
  • seizures

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  • Funding This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement Data are available upon reasonable request to the corresponding author.

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