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Osteomyelitis caused by β-haemolytic Listeria species in a dog
  1. Marie-Aude Genain1,
  2. Valentina Brioschi2,
  3. Cassia Hare1,
  4. Ana Ortiz1 and
  5. M E Herrtage1
  1. 1 Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  2. 2 Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Marie-Aude Genain; mag72{at}


A 3.6-year-old neutered female labrador retriever was presented with one month’s history of left hindlimb lameness and a five-day history of anorexia. A severe osteolytic and osteoproductive polyostotic bone lesion affecting the proximal aspect of the tibia and the distal aspect of the femur was seen on radiographs. Histopathological evaluation confirmed cellulitis, myositis, neutrophilic osteomyelitis and bone necrosis and culture revealed a pure growth of β-haemolytic Listeria species. To the authors' knowledge this is the first report of osteomyelitis caused by Listeria species in a dog without any identified primary cause of infection.

  • listeriosis
  • dogs
  • osteomyelitis
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  • Contributors M-AG, VB, CH, AO, MEH. Conception and design; Acquisition of data; Analysis and interpretation of data; Drafting the article; Revising the article for intellectual content.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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