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Congenital hyposomatotropism in a cat presenting with congenital corneal oedema

David Donaldson and others, Animal Health Trust, Newmarket

A six-month-old domestic shorthair cat was presented with a history of failure to grow and bilateral corneal opacity caused by corneal oedema.

Congenital hyposomatropism and possible secondary hypothyroidism were diagnosed on the basis of fasting levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 and thyroxine levels. These endocrinopathies are rare in cats and have not been linked previously to ocular signs.

The cat died during the clinical investigation and post mortem examination showed reduced corneal endothelial cell density.

Journal of Small Animal Practice 49 (6):306-309.

Abstract reproduced by kind permission of Veterinary Practice magazine