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Dancing Doberman disease

Synonym(s): Distal symmetric polyneuropathy (in part

Contributor(s): Chris Mariani, Simon Platt

Introduction

  • Uncommon-rare disease reported only in the Doberman pinscher Dobermann.
  • No age or gender predisposition.
  • Cause: unknown; peripheral neuropathy or myopathy is suspected.
  • Signs: flexion of one or both pelvic limbs, pelvic limb weakness, atrophy of pelvic limb muscles (particularly gastrocnemius).
  • Diagnosis: history, physical examination and neurologic examination Neurological examination. Electrodiagnostic testing and histopathology of muscle Biopsy: muscle and/or nerve biopsies Biopsy: nerve may contribute.
  • Treatment: none known.
  • Prognosis: good-excellent for functional pet.

Pathogenesis

Etiology

Predisposing factors

General
  • None identified other than breed.

Pathophysiology

Timecourse

  • Dogs presenting with flexion of one pelvic limb usually progress to show involvement of both pelvic limbs within several months.

Epidemiology

  • Unknown; sporadic cases reported.

Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Prevention

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Chrisman C L (1990) Dancing Doberman disease: clinical findings and prognosis. Prog Vet Neurol 1 (1), 83-90 VetMedResource.

Other sources of information

  • Chrisman C L, Mariani C L, Platt S R & Clemmons R M (2003)Dancing Doberman disease.In:Neurology for the Small Animal Practitioner.Jackson: Teton NewMedia. pp 347.
  • Chrisman C L (1991)Dancing Doberman disease.In:Problems in Small Animal Neurology. 2nd edn, Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger. pp 316.
  • Braund K G (1994)Dancing Doberman disease.In:Clinical Syndromes in Veterinary Neurology. 2nd edn, St. Louis: Mosby. pp 100.
  • Chrisman C L (1985)Distal polyneuropathy of Doberman pinschers.Proceedings 3rd ACVIM. pp 164.
  • Parker A J (1983)Sensory neuropathy syndromes.Modern Vet Pract, 617-621.


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