Lapis ISSN 2398-2969

Self-mutilation

Synonym(s): Mutilation, Self trauma, Behavioral mutilation, compulsive self mutilation

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd, Emma Lightfoot (nee Magnus), Anna Meredith, Ron Rees Davies

Introduction

  • Rabbits occasionally present with acute onset damage to the tips of their digits or self trauma lesions elsewhere.
  • The clinical presentation is regular enough to be considered a single syndrome, although there are several possible etiologies.
  • In many cases no specific pathological factor is isolated.
  • A behavioral syndrome with a genetic basis has been described.

Presentation

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Pathogenesis

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Diagnosis

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Treatment

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Prevention

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Magnus E (2005) Behaviour of the pet rabbit: what is normal and why do problems develop? In Pract 27 (10), 531-535 VetMedResource.
  • Iglauer F, Beig C, Dimigen J et al (1995) Hereditary compulsive self mutilating behaviour in laboratory rabbits. Lab Anim 29 (4), 385-393 PubMed.
  • Beyers T M, Richardson J A & Prince M D (1991) Axonal degeneration and self-mutilation as a complication of the intramuscular use of ketamine and xylazine in rabbits. Lab Anim Sci 41 (5), 519-520 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Harcourt Brown F (2002) Skin diseases. In: Textbook of Rabbit Medicine. Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford. pp 224-248.


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