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Ocular tuberculosis in a horse
  1. P. S. Leifsson, DVM, PhD1,
  2. S. N. Olsen, DVM, PhD2 and
  3. S. Larsen, DVM1
  1. 1 Laboratory of Veterinary Pathology, Department of Pharmacology and Pathobiology, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, 13 Builowsvej, DK-1870 Frederiksberg C, Denmark
  2. 2 Internal Medicine, Department of Clinical Studies, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, 13 Builowsvej, DK-1870 Frederiksberg C, Denmark

Abstract

This paper is the first report of systemic tuberculosis involving the eyes in a horse. The animal lost condition and gradually became increasingly blind in both eyes; it was eventually euthanased. The pathological findings included bilateral, mycobacterial granulomatous uveitis with unilateral retinal detachment and necrosis, and disseminated, mycobacterial granulomatous foci in the myocardium, lungs, bronchial lymph nodes, kidneys, liver, pancreas, colon and visceral serosal surfaces, with the most extensive lesions in the myocardium. The mycobacteria were identified as Mycobacterium avium.

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