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Northside Veterinary Specialists are here for you and your pets during this crazy COVID time, and business is (almost) as usual. In accordance with best practices to keep our employees safe and our hospital operational, we have moved to a contactless consultation and admission process.

Please rest assured, even though we aren't seeing you face to face, your pet is still getting the best of care. Visit the COVID section of our website for more information.

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Masticatory Myositis

March 12th, 2020

When presented with a possible case of masticatory myositis, it is important to remember there are two potential presentation types: acute and chronic forms.

Clinical signs associated with the acute form include:

  • Fever
  • Regional lymphadenopathy
  • Muscles of mastication swelling which are painful on palpation
  • Exophthalmos
  • Resists or unable to open the mouth

Clinical signs associated with the chronic form include:

  • Atrophy of the masticatory muscles
  • Muscle swelling/atrophy can be asymmetric
  • Enophthalmos
  • Inability to open mouth fully