Skull pathology in 10 cats with patellar fracture and dental anomaly syndrome

Charlotte Howes*, Mark Longley, Natalia Reyes, Alison C Major, Margherita Gracis, Amy Fulton Scanlan, Steven Bailey, Sorrel J Langley-Hobbs

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Case series summary: The aim of this case series is to describe the clinical and radiological features of mandibular and maxillary abnormalities in cats diagnosed with patellar fractures and dental anomalies, a condition that we have named ‘patellar fracture and dental anomaly syndrome’ (PADS), also known previously as ‘knees and teeth syndrome’. Where available, clinical records, skull and/or intraoral dental radiographs, head CT images, microbiology and histopathology reports were collected, and follow-up was obtained. Ten cats with mandibular or maxillary abnormalities were identified. Common clinical features included multiple persistent deciduous teeth, gingivitis and swellings of the jaw. Skull radiographs were available for 7/10 cats and head CT images were available for one cat. Findings included marked bony and periosteal proliferation, hypodontia, root resorption, root malformation and unerupted permanent teeth. Where available, microbiology and histopathology results were consistent with osteomyelitis. Relevance and novel information: Mandibular and maxillary abnormalities are an additional unreported clinical feature of the rare condition that we have termed PADS. Radiologically, these lesions can have an aggressive appearance, which can mimic neoplasia. Medical management with antibiotic and anti-inflammatory therapy improves clinical signs in the short term; however, surgical extraction of persistent deciduous and unerupted permanent teeth, and debridement of proliferative and necrotic bone appear to be necessary for an improved outcome. Additional information on long-term outcome is required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)793-800
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
Issue number8
Early online date10 Sep 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019


  • Patellar fracture
  • persistent deciduous teeth
  • osteomyelitis
  • osteopetrosis


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