Canine Inflammatory Brain Disease is Much More than Just GME (1655)
Companion Animal Medicine |  Neurology/Neurosurgery
Saturday |  3:00 PM -  3:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||302A



Heidi Barnes Heller DVM
University of Wisconsin- Madison

Heidi Barnes Heller obtained her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 2000. Following graduation she completed a rotating internship at the University of Illinois and a residency in neurology/neurosurgery at the University of Florida. Heidi obtained board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2005. She was the staff neurologist in a private referral hospital outside Chicago Illinois until December 2011, after which point she decided she missed academia and joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor in neurology and neurosurgery. Her main area of interest is in seizure management for which she has pioneered development of novel transdermal seizure medication. In her spare time she enjoys time with her 3 kids.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 1


Granulomatous meningoencephalitis (GME), was the traditional term used to describe inflammatory brain disease in dogs. We have a much greater understanding of the different pathologic subtypes including, necrotizing meningoencephalitis (NME), necrotizing leukoencephalitis (NLE) and GME however the search continues to find the etiology. Genetic markers have identified specific breeds to be a risk of development of disease but what triggers the development in these prone animals? We will discuss specific triggers that have been evaluated including environmental triggers. We will review recent advances in therapeutic options, diagnostic testing and prognostic indications for dogs diagnosed with inflammatory brain disease.

Learning Objectives

1. Be able to recognize when it is appropriate (or not) to add inflammatory brain disease to your differential diagnoses list for dogs

2. Be familiar with some of the most common treatment options, and prognostic indications for dogs diagnosed with inflammatory brain disease

3. Understand the terminology, and be comfortable using appropriate terminology when discussing canine inflammatory brain disease

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