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L-form Bacteria in felines

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Bacteria can change into a diversity of forms. One of those phases is the L-form. This type of bacteria is also known as cell wall deficient bacteria and they are a stage of bacteria that are very small and lack cell walls. They are quite common in the feline world.

The site of infection is characteristically a bite or surgical wound. Additional signs of L-form bacteria infection include: Cellulitis which in lay terms is an infection of the skin and underlying tissues, fever and arthritis.

Synovitis, which plainly speaking is an inflammation of synovial membrane in the soft tissue that lines the surfaces within the joints that have cavities such as the elbow, knee or wrist...

The causes of l-form bacteria are usually scratches, bites or trauma which may permit the organism to cross the threshold of the skin and subcutaneous tissue. Formation is encouraged by resistance of the host, antibiotic treatment of the host, appropriateness of the location for establishment of the infective bacterium, and comparatively low to moderate virulence of the infecting bacterium as well...

L-form bacteria are complicated organisms to segregate and identify. Using a progression of differential diagnosis, which is guided by deeper inspection of the perceptible outward symptoms, vetoing out each of the more general causes until the accurate disorder is settled upon and can be treated correctly, the veterinarian will make a analysis by putting all of the symptoms and signs together, along with any reliable laboratory results, to come to a conclusion. Your cat’s veterinarian will also gather some of the fluid from any draining lesions, in addition to joint fluid for analysis.

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