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Small Animal Neurology
Hereditary ataxia, myokymia and neuromyotonia in Jack Russell terriers
  1. An Vanhaesebrouck1,
  2. Robin Franklin1,
  3. Luc Van Ham2 and
  4. Sofie Bhatti2
  1. 1Queen's Veterinary School Hospital, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0ES
  2. 2Department of Small Animal Medicine and Clinical Biology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke, Belgium
  1. e-mail: av354{at}

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A CONDITION characterised by hereditary ataxia, myokymia and neuromyotonia has been described in the Jack Russell terrier breed (Van Ham and others 2004, Vanhaesebrouck and others 2010, Bhatti and others 2011). Myokymia (undulating muscle contractions that induce a rippling appearance of the overlying skin) is usually apparent at a very young age (several months to three years). Most dogs also show episodes of neuromyotonia (sustained generalised muscle …

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