Journal club

Life is hectic and finding time to read articles is challenging. These posts provide brief summaries of clinical neurology articles, as well as occasional non-neurology articles that we find interesting.

Should screening AUS be performed before MRI?

When asked what the minimum database is for practically any disorder, including neurologic disease, the "knee-jerk" response is often: CBC, chem, T4, UA, blood pressure, thoracic rads and abdominal ultrasound (AUS). But, does this hold up under scrutiny? This study aimed to answer that question at least with regard to AUS.

Audiogenic reflex seizures in cats

>A reflex seizure is one that occurs in response to an external sensory stimulus, such as strobe lights at an amusement park or show. Audiogenic reflex seizures are those that are induced by certain sounds. Click on the post title to read more about this study describing feline audiogenic reflex seizures.

Breed-related ventriculomegaly isn't normal

Mild to moderate ventriculomegaly is common in brachycephalic breeds. It's long been assumed that this was a "normal" breed variation, but a recent study suggests it may not be normal. Click on post title to read more.

Characteristics of Scottie Cramp

This recent manuscript out of North Carolina State University describes the clinical findings and treatment outcome of Scottie Cramp in 31 dogs. Click on post title to read a synopsis of the article.

Prevalence, heritability & outcome of syringomyelia in Cavaliers

This manuscript describes a three-phase study investigating the prevalence, heritability, and outcome of syringomyelia (SM) in all Cavalier King Charles Spaniels...Click on the post title to read more.

Phenobarbital lowers serum levetiracetam concentrations

This was a prospective pharmacokinetic study that evaluated the effects of chronic administration of phenobarbital, bromide, or the combination on serum concentrations of levetiracetam (LEV; Keppra) in epileptic dogs.

Journal club: Transdermal phenobarbital in cats

This was a prospective clinical study to determine serum phenobarbital concentration after transdermal application.

Maropitant reduces vomiting from hydromorphone

Source: Claude AK, Dedeaux A, Chiavaccini L, et al. Effects…