Diseases of the Intervertebral Disk of the Cat

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ALTHOUGH the domestic cat is known to suffer occasionally from spondylitic lesions of the vertebræ1,2 it is not supposed to be susceptible to diseases of the inter vertebral disks themselves3. If any species of mammal can be shown to be free, or relatively free, from diseases of the disk it should be profitable to compare the functional anatomy of its vertebral column with that of mammals known to be susceptible. This might uncover anatomical factors influencing diseases of the disk in general, or protrusion of the disk (herniation of the nucleus pulposus) in particular. This line of reasoning has in fact already been attempted on the basis that the dog and man are much more susceptible than the cat3,4.

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KING, A., SMITH, R. Diseases of the Intervertebral Disk of the Cat. Nature 181, 568–569 (1958) doi:10.1038/181568a0

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