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Nutritional myopathy in a cat
  1. JM Dennis and
  2. RW Alexander


A case of nutritional myopathy in a cat primarily caused by vitamin E deficiency is described. The animal which had been fed a diet consisting almost entirely of boiled Norwegian coley, was presented with swollen muscles in both the hind and fore legs. Sections of biopsy material revealed chronic, severe myositis, with normal muscle tissue undergoing a series of degenerative changes. Correct dietary management, with multivitamin and mineral supplementation, led to a complete clinical recovery, the cat regaining full use of its legs within 14 days.

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