OSTEOCHONDROSIS IN THE DISTAL FEMURS OF AN ADULT RETICULATED GIRAFFE (GIRAFFA CAMELOPARDALIS RETICULATA): MACROSCOPIC, RADIOLOGIC, AND HISTOLOGIC FINDINGS

Author(s)Christopher Basu, B.Vet.Med., M.R.C.V.S., Alexander L. Stoll, B.Sc. Vet. Path. (Hons.), B.Vet.Med., Dip FMS, M.R.S.B., M.R.S.P.H. FRC Path, M.R.C.V.S., Jonathon Dixon, B.Vet.Med., M.R.C.V.S., Fieke Marije Molenaar, D.V.M., M.Sc., GPCert. (ExAP), M.R.C.V.S., Edmund Flach, M.A., Vet MB, MSC, D.Zoo.Med. (Mammalian), Dipl. E.C.Z.M. (Zoo Health Management), M.R.C.V.S., and Ken C. Smith, B.V.M&S, PhD, F.H.E.A., FRC.Path., F.R.C.V.S.
Year Published2016
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Page Numbers359-363
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Abstract:

An adult male reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) was presented for postmortem examination. During radiologic examination of the hindlimbs, osseous cyst-like lesions were detected in both medial femoral condyles. These lesions were subsequently examined macroscopically and histologically. The gross appearance suggested a diagnosis of bilateral osteochondrosis that was confirmed with histopathologic examination. This finding has not previously been reported in giraffes. Macroscopic visualization of the major limb joints, including the femorotibial joints, is therefore encouraged in future postmortem examinations of giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis), and further assessment of clinical significance is required.

Key words: Computed tomography, giraffe, osseous cyst-like lesions, osteochondrosis, pathology, radiography

Authors: Christopher Basu, B.Vet.Med., M.R.C.V.S., Alexander L. Stoll, B.Sc. Vet. Path. (Hons.), B.Vet.Med., Dip FMS, M.R.S.B., M.R.S.P.H. FRC Path, M.R.C.V.S., Jonathon Dixon, B.Vet.Med., M.R.C.V.S., Fieke Marije Molenaar, D.V.M., M.Sc., GPCert. (ExAP), M.R.C.V.S., Edmund Flach, M.A., Vet MB, MSC, D.Zoo.Med. (Mammalian), Dipl. E.C.Z.M. (Zoo Health Management), M.R.C.V.S., and Ken C. Smith, B.V.M&S, PhD, F.H.E.A., FRC.Path., F.R.C.V.S.

Journal: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine


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