Craniomandibular osteopathy with a unique neurological manifestation in a young Akita

William O. Ratterree, Mathieu M. Glassman, Elizabeth A. Driskell, Marc E. Havig

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This report describes a 4mo old intact male Akita that presented for evaluation of a life-long history of facial swelling and failure to thrive. Physical examination revealed an enlarged cranium with prominent bony swellings on the maxillary bone, excessive laxity and crepitus involving multiple joints, and proprioceptive deficits. Radiographs demonstrated multiple osseous abnormalities including endosteal thickening of the femurs and ilium. Necropsy revealed gross compression of the cerebellum and brainstem. Physical exam findings, radiographic abnormalities, and histopathology of multiple boney lesions were all consistent with craniomandibular osteopathy. In this unique case of craniomandibular osteopathy, the dog was affected with severe bony proliferations leading to generalized hyperostotic lesions and brainstem compression resulting in neurologic deficits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e7-e11
JournalJournal of the American Animal Hospital Association
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals


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