JPC SYSTEMIC PATHOLOGY
Signalment (JPC #2984970): Great Dane
HISTORY: This 15-week-old female puppy presented with a 3-day history of generalized pain, reluctance to walk followed by lateral recumbency.
HISTOPATHOLOGIC DESCRIPTION: Long bone: Diffusely the metaphyseal primary spongiosa are characterized by elongated mineralized spicules of cartilage devoid of osteoid and lined by decreased numbers of osteoblasts. Diffusely within the metaphysis, these calcified cartilage spicules extend well into the metaphysis and are frequently discontinuous and fragmented with sharp angular borders (microfractures) coalescing to form a large infraction with separation of the proximal and distal metaphysis. Separating the calcified spicules of the primary spongiosa and bony trabeculae of the secondary spongiosa are abundant mature neutrophils, reactive fibroblasts (fibrosis), fibrin, hemorrhage and necrotic debris. Multifocally, scattered vessels throughout the epiphysis, metaphysis, and periosteum contain fibrin thrombi with expansion of vessel wall by small amounts of necrotic debris and fibrin (vascular necrosis).
MORPHOLOGIC DIAGNOSIS: Long bone: Osteomyelitis, necrosuppurative, acute, diffuse, severe, with microfractures, infraction, and fibrin thrombi, Great Dane, canine.
CONDITION: Metaphyseal osteopathy
SYNONYMS: Hypertrophic osteodystrophy (HOD); osteodystrophy II; skeletal scurvy; juvenile scurvy; Moller-Barlow's disease
- Inflammatory bone disease of unknown etiology that primarily affects growing young large & giant breed dogs (usually 3-6 months of age)
- Nutritional or infectious etiology suspected
- High incidence in Weimaraner, Irish Setter, Great Dane, German Shepherd, and Boxers
- Most dogs recover; relapses and bone malformations can occur
- All fast-growing bones are susceptible, but the distal radius and ulna are usually most severely affected and lesions are usually bilaterally symmetrical; bones distal to the carpus and tarsus are usually spared
- Intense suppurative inflammation resulting in necrosis of osteoblasts and primary spongiosa throughout the metaphysis
- Mineralized cartilaginous trabeculae are fragile and are easily fractured
- Periosteal and extraperiosteal woven bone develop in areas of periosteal inflammation and hemorrhage
- Cause is unknown, none have been proven
- Response to corticosteroid therapy is better than NSAID therapy, suggesting a possible immune-mediated etiology
TYPICAL CLINICAL FINDINGS:
- Pain, lameness, pyrexia, anorexia
- Swelling and hyperthermia of metaphysis; usually bilateral
- Radiographic findings: Bilaterally symmetrical, alternating dense and lucent zones and lipping of metaphyseal margins
TYPICAL GROSS FINDINGS:
- Early: 1-5mm wide pale-yellow soft crumbly zone in metaphysis with an irregular line parallel to the physis
- Chronic: Metaphysis thickened by widened periosteum, and deposition of extraperiosteal bone and cartilage; can involve 2/3 of the length of the affected bone, excluding mid-diaphysis and epiphyses
TYPICAL LIGHT MICROSCOPIC FINDINGS:
- Early: Metaphyseal spongiosa: Bilaterally symmetrical, acute suppurative and fibrinous osteomyelitis; necrosis of osteoblasts and primary spongiosa; trabecular microfractures; hemorrhage; defective bone formation; elongation of zone of mineralized cartilage with lack of osteoid deposition; neutrophils and hemorrhage within periosteum; active osteoclasts within chondro-osseous complex
- Chronic: Periosteal thickening with subperiosteal new bone formation and extraperiosteal dystrophic calcification
- Extraskeletal lesions (variable; often not present): Enamel hypoplasia
- Bacterial osteomyelitis: Typically starts in metaphyses where capillaries make sharp bends resulting in slowing and turbulence of blood flow, decreased phagocytic capacity and discontinuous endothelial cells; differentiated on clinical signs, presence of bacteria and involvement beyond metaphyseal bone
- Hypovitaminosis C (scurvy): Similar histologic appearance, no inflammation
- Panosteitis: No metaphyseal swelling; radiographs reveal cottony intramedullary densities in long bones
- Feline: Idiopathic bilateral metaphyseal necrosis of the femoral neck in young male cats (<2 years old); some clinical and radiographic similarities with canine hypertrophic osteodystrophy
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