Computed tomographic findings in a calf with actinomycosis: a case report

https://doi.org/10.17221/1559-VETMEDCitation:Mohamed T., Al-Sobayil F., Kurwasawa T., Nakade T., Floeck M. (2011):  Computed tomographic findings in a calf with actinomycosis: a case report. Veterinarni Medicina, 56: 255-259.
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In this report a case of actinomycosis in a five-month-old Holstein calf is described. The patient displayed a hard and immobile swelling in the mandible and fever. Computed tomography (CT) imaging of the skull was performed under deep sedation and revealed an asymmetrical appearance of the mandible with the presence of intra-mandibular hypodense lesions. Haematologic and serum biochemical profiles revealed leukocytosis, neutrophilia, hypoalbuminaemia and hypergammaglobulinaemia. Treatment consisted of flushing the lesion and administration of antibiotics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The calf responded to therapy and had recovered almost completely four months later. The present case indicates that CT is an effective non-invasive means of identifying mandibular lesions in cattle.
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