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All It Takes Is A Blood Sample: Genetic And Serologic Diagnosis Of Neurologic And Neuromuscular Disorders

08 Oct 2021
Clinical Theater 1

Available for RACE approved CE credit if watched from 5:10PM-6:00PM PST on Friday, October 8, 2021. 

The definitive diagnosis of neurologic disorders usually requires advanced imaging (MRI), CSF analysis, infectious disease testing or even biopsy of the central or peripheral nervous system. There is, however, a subset of neurologic conditions that may be diagnosed through serology for autoantibodies or genetic testing for specific mutations. If clinician is aware of the clinical presentation and neurologic signs associated with these conditions, a definitive or presumptive diagnosis may be made with just a blood sample or cheek swab. A number of genetic conditions including degenerative myelopathy and cerebellar degeneration will be reviewed. Serologic testing for myasthenia gravis and masticatory myositis will also be reviewed.

Ed MacKillop, Veterinary Neurologist/Neurosurgeon - Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center Blue Pearl

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