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Prevalence of feline calicivirus in cats with odontoclastic resorptive lesions and chronic gingivostomatitis

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© 2017 Elsevier LtdFeline odontoclastic resorptive lesion (FORL) and feline chronic gingivostomatitis (FCGS) are two of the most common diseases of the feline oral cavity. While evidence is emerging that FCGS is caused by gingival inflammation initiated and perpetuated by the oral microbiota, little is known in this regard for FORL. Feline calicivirus (FCV) has been associated with the presence of FCGS and is thought to play a role in the initiation of this disease. In this study, the incidence of FCV was investigated in cats with FORL and FCGS, and compared to unaffected controls. FCV was detected by viral culture. The incidence of FCV was as follows: 6 (24.0%) of 24 control cats, 9 (22.5%) of 40 cats with FORL and 15 (60.0%) of 25 cats with FCGS were positive for FCV. There was a significant difference in FCV incidence between all the groups (p = 0.003) but none between the control group and the FORL group. However, significant differences were observed in the incidence of FCV between control and FCGS (p = 0.010) and between FORL and FCGS (p = 0.006). It is concluded that although FCV may be associated with FCGS, it appears unlikely to play a role in FORL.

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Author(s): Thomas S, Lappin DF, Spears J, Bennett D, Nile C, Riggio MP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Research in Veterinary Science

Year: 2017

Volume: 111

Pages: 124-126

Print publication date: 01/04/2017

Online publication date: 09/02/2017

Acceptance date: 08/02/2017

Date deposited: 24/02/2020

ISSN (print): 0034-5288

ISSN (electronic): 1532-2661

Publisher: Elsevier B.V.


DOI: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2017.02.004

PubMed id: 28235708


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