Genetic Abnormalities in a Calf with Congenital Increased Muscular Tonus

N. Wiedemar, A. K. Riedi, V. Jagannathan, C. Drögemüller, M. Meylan

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A 2‐week‐old female calf was referred to the Clinic for Ruminants at the Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Berne, Switzerland, with difficulty standing and muscle tremors since birth. Prior treatment by the private veterinarian with selenium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamins had not led to any improvement. The general status at arrival to the clinic was slightly reduced, though the calf was alert and attentive, and tachycardia (152/min) and tachypnea (80/min) were noticeable. Examination of the skin revealed an infected lesion on the fetlock of the left forelimb and several superficial lesions. Gastrointestinal, respiratory, and urinary tracts were without important abnormalities. The musculoskeletal system was normally developed, no atrophy was noticed, but the calf remained in a recumbent position unless lifted up and helped to stand. When standing, it showed tremor, ataxia, and could only move backward with hypermetria in the hind limbs and tip‐toe‐standing of the front limbs (Fig 1). Consciousness was normal but the calf was unable to orientate itself in its surroundings. Cranial nerve examination showed no deficits. Muscle tone was generally increased in the limbs. No painful reaction was noticed upon palpation of the limbs. The spinal reflexes were generally reduced. Sensibility was normal in the neck and shoulder area, but reduced in the limbs. The head and neck could be moved in all directions and the ears were symmetrical and loose. The clinical signs were localized in the peripheral nervous or musculoskeletal system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1418-1421
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Issue number5
Early online date20 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2015


  • Arthrogryposis
  • Cattle
  • Mutation
  • Myosin binding protein C slow type

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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