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Checklist of common diseases:
Heart and Vascular system diseases
Immune system diseases
Intervertebral disc disease
GSD degenerative myelopathy
Non-genetic symptoms/side effects of other conditions
Interpretation of necropsy results:
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WGSDCI, WGSDCA CH O'LEAVYS FRIEDA OF TUMBLEDOWN, AM/CA CD,
HIC, CGC, OFA (H&E)
Sire: Aslan of Tumbledown
Dam: Tumbledown's Jasmine
Owner: Pat Malinowski
Breeder: Leslie Kruprikoff
January 26, 1994 – November 29, 2005
11 years 11 months
The major finding on necropsy is that of extensive intervertebral disc disease and spondylosis involving most of the thoracic
and lumbar spine. This is most likely the cause of the moderately reduced muscling in the hind limbs. There is also evidence
of severe chronic megacolon and mega ileum, which could be a result of compression of the spinal cord due to effects of
intervertebral disc disease, but cannot be definitively identified as the cause of the megacolon. There is no specific cause of the
megacolon evident on the exam.
There is a benign cancer of the skin (cutaneous cavernous hemangioma) on the left rear foot, but no malignant processes noted.
In addition to the chronic megacolon and mega ileum, there was one chronic small intestinal (duodenal) ulcer. There was
generalized fibrosis of the colon, likely a secondary change from the megacolon condition.
The diagnosis of nodular cortical hyperplasia of the left adrenal gland is an incidental age-related finding, as are the findings
of serosal uterine cysts, cutaneous hemangioma, and most of the microscopic findings included in the report.
There is no mention in the report of any arthritis in joints other than that noted in the spine. There is no evidence of primary
disease in the cardiovascular system, liver or pancreas, endocrine system, immune system, eyes or neurological system.