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Feline orofacial pain syndrome (FOPS): a retrospective study of 113 cases.

Rusbridge, C, Heath, S, Gunn-Moore, DA, Knowler, SP, Johnston, N and McFadyen, AK (2010) Feline orofacial pain syndrome (FOPS): a retrospective study of 113 cases. J Feline Med Surg, 12 (6). pp. 498-508.

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Feline orofacial pain syndrome (FOPS) is a pain disorder of cats with behavioural signs of oral discomfort and tongue mutilation. This report describes the findings from a case series of 113 cats including 100 Burmese. FOPS is suspected to be a neuropathic pain disorder and the predominance within the Burmese cat breed suggests an inherited disorder, possibly involving central and/or ganglion processing of sensory trigeminal information. The disease is characterised by an episodic, typically unilateral, discomfort with pain-free intervals. The discomfort is triggered, in many cases, by mouth movements. The disease is often recurrent and with time may become unremitting - 12% of cases in this series were euthanased as a consequence of the condition. Sensitisation of trigeminal nerve endings as a consequence of oral disease or tooth eruption appears to be an important factor in the aetiology - 63% of cases had a history of oral lesions and at least 16% experienced their first sign of discomfort during eruption of permanent teeth. External factors can also influence the disease as FOPS events could be directly linked to a situation causing anxiety in 20% of cats. FOPS can be resistant to traditional analgesics and in some cases successful management required anti-convulsants with an analgesic effect.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Heath, S
Gunn-Moore, DA
Knowler, SP
Johnston, N
McFadyen, AK
Date : June 2010
DOI : 10.1016/j.jfms.2010.03.005
Uncontrolled Keywords : Analgesics, Animals, Cat Diseases, Cats, Facial Neuralgia, Female, Male, Mouth, Mouth Diseases, Pedigree, Retrospective Studies, Risk Factors, Treatment Outcome
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 09:54
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 17:57

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