Fibrocartilaginous embolic myelopathy in a Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae)

John M Adaska, Susan Lynch

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An adult, captive-born Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) had been ataxic for approximately 3 mo and had been self-mutilating after an acute onset of unilateral paresis and Horner's syndrome. Histologic lesions in the cervical spinal cord were consistent with fibrocartilaginous embolic myelopathy (FCEM), and they included the presence of cartilaginous occlusion of spinal blood vessels. This is the first reported case of FCEM in a large felid and specifically a Sumatran tiger.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-244
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2004


  • Fibrocartilaginous embolic myelopathy
  • Panthera tigris sumatrae
  • Tiger

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)


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