Bartonella species antibodies and DNA in cerebral spinal fluid of cats with central nervous system disease.

Abstract

Bartonella species infection is associated with central nervous system (CNS) disease in some humans and cats but the diagnosis is difficult to confirm with blood or serum test results. In this retrospective study of 100 client-owned cats, serum and cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) were assayed for Bartonella species IgG antibodies and CSF was assayed for Bartonella species DNA. Bartonella species IgG antibodies were detected in serum of 36 cats, Bartonella species C-values>1 (suggesting antibody production by the CNS) were detected in CSF of 11 cats, and B henselae DNA was amplified from the CSF of 10 cats. While the clinical significance of these findings cannot be assessed without a control group, the development of neurological signs in some cats inoculated with B henselae and the results of this study warrant prospective evaluation of the association of Bartonella species with feline CNS disease.

DOI: 10.1016/j.jfms.2007.12.011

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@article{Leibovitz2008BartonellaSA, title={Bartonella species antibodies and DNA in cerebral spinal fluid of cats with central nervous system disease.}, author={Karyn Leibovitz and Laurie K Pearce and Melissa M Brewer and Michael R . Lappin}, journal={Journal of feline medicine and surgery}, year={2008}, volume={10 4}, pages={332-7} }