Neuronal ceroid lipifuscinosis (NCL)

NCL is a neurodegenerative disease: the clinical course includes increasing levels of agitation... more
Disease
NCL is a neurodegenerative disease, caused by lysosomal storage dysfunction. The clinical course includes increasing levels of agitation and possible outbursts of aggression, hallucinations, hyperactivity and epileptic fits. Most animals lose their ability to coordinate everyday muscular activities. As the extent of neurodegeneration increases, all affected dogs develop psychological abnormalities and ataxia.
Breed
American Bulldog, Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, Chihuahua, Chinese Crested Dog, Dachshund (Dackel), English Setter, Golden Retriever, Gordon Setter, Long-Haired Dachshund, Miniature Australian Shepherd, Saluki, Short-Haired Dachshund, Tibetan Terrier, Wire-Haired Dachshund
Heredity
autosomal recessive
Test duration
3-5 days after arrival of the sample in the lab (American Bulldog, Australian Shepherd, Border Collie, English Setter, Gordon Setter, Tibetan Terrier); 1-2 weeks (Chinese Crested Dog, Chihuahua, Dachshund, Saluki)
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