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Foreign body-induced meningoencephalitis causing seizures in a dog
  1. Kali Lazzerini1,
  2. Nancy Ann Erickson2,
  3. Lars Mundhenk2 and
  4. Shenja Loderstedt3
  1. 1Small Animal Hospital, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2Department of Veterinary Pathology, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  3. 3Small Animal Clinic, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kali Lazzerini, k.lazzerini.1{at}


A young Magyar vizsla dog was presented with seizures and progressive neurological deterioration in terms of symmetric prosencephalic signs despite induction of antiepileptic therapy. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis and MRI findings were suggestive of an inflammatory process. This finding was confirmed at postmortem examination and a plant foreign body penetrating the cerebrum was found. Migrating plant material is an uncommon cause of inflammation in the CNS in dogs. It should be considered an aetiological differential diagnosis in dogs with inflammatory CSF and worsening neurological status.

  • meningoencephalitis
  • Central nervous system (CNS)
  • cerebrospinal fluid
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