Computed tomographic findings of dental disease in domestic rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus): 100 cases (2009-2017)

Charles A. Artiles, David Sanchez-Migallon Guzman, Hugues Beaufrère, Kathryn L. Phillips

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OBJECTIVE: To characterize the CT findings and epidemiological features of acquired dental disease in rabbits. ANIMALS: 100 client-owned rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). PROCEDURES: Medical records were searched to identify rabbits that underwent skull CT for any reason from 2009 to 2017. History, signalment, and physical examination findings were recorded. The CT images were reevaluated retrospectively for evidence of dental disease and graded according to a previously described system (from 1 [no evidence of disease] to 5 [severe dental disease]) for acquired dental disease in rabbits, and an overall (mean) grade was assigned. Descriptive analyses were performed. Factors were assessed for associations between dental disease grade and malocclusion stage. RESULTS: Common findings included premolar or molar tooth curvature in transverse (n = 100 rabbits) and sagittal (95) planes, apical elongation of premolar or molar teeth (99), sharp dental points (93), deformation of the mandibular canal (82), and periodontal ligament space widening (76). Acquired dental disease was classified as grade 1 (n = 2 rabbits), 2 (60), 3 (14), 4 (4), or 5 (20). Most CT findings were significantly correlated with each other. Agreement of grades was fair between left- and right-sided quadrants and between maxillary and mandibular quadrants. Age was associated with increasing dental disease grade and malocclusion stage (proportional ORs, 1.21 and 1.32/y, respectively). CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Fair agreement in disease grades between dental quadrant pairs indicated a degree of asynchrony in the development of dental disease. Findings suggested premolar or molar tooth curvature in a sagittal plane, subtle elongation at premolar or molar tooth apices, and mandibular canal deformation should be added to the grading system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-327
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020

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