The Japanese Journal of Veterinary Science
Online ISSN : 1881-1442
Print ISSN : 0021-5295
Hepatic and Spinal Lesions in Goats Chronically Intoxicated with Cycasin
Tsutomu SHIMIZUNobuhiro YASUDAIsaburo KONOFumio YAGIKenjiro TADERAAkira KOBAYASHI
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Keywords: cycasin, goat, spinal lesion
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1986 Volume 48 Issue 6 Pages 1291-1295

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Two of the 4 goats given a daily dose of 4-6mg/kg cycasin for 88 to 124 days presented weakness and paretic signs in the hindquarters. All the 4 goats showed anorexia, weight loss, anemia and decreases in serum albumin and γ-glutamyl transpeptidase (γ-GTP) levels. Two of them had severer hepatic lesions and leukomyelopathy consisting of demyelination and axonal swelling or disappearance in the spinal cord, which were similar to those seen in cycad poisoning of cattle.

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