Animal Emergency Critical Care Brain Abnormalities MRI Congenital Diseases
The brain is a very complex organ. It may be affected by several disease processes, such as inflammation, tumors, toxins, liver or kidney diseases, degeneration, and congenital diseases. If your pet has a disease affecting the brain, you may see a variety of clinical signs. These signs can be as dramatic as seizures, or as subtle as in-coordination; even headaches are suspected, in which case your pet may only be lethargic. Since the brain is not visible on X-Ray, advanced imaging modalities such as MRI are often recommended. In addition to imaging, sampling the fluid around the brain and spinal cord via spinal tap may be required to identify the problem and plan specific treatments.