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Cervical necrotizing fasciitis and myositis in a western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)
Journal of Medical Primatology (2009)
  • M Allender, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • Stephanie L McCain, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • Edward C. Ramsay, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Juergen P Schumacher, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • MRS Ilha, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Abstract

A 39-yr-old wild-caught, female western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) died during an immobilization to assess swelling and apparent pain of the cervical region. Necropsy revealed a fistulous tract containing plant material in the oropharynx, above the soft palate, communicating with a left-sided cervical necrotizing fasciitis and myositis. Alpha-hemolytic Streptococcus and Prevotella sp. were isolated from the cervical lesion. This is a report of cervical necrotizing fasciitis in a western lowland gorilla.

Keywords
  • fasciitis,
  • Gorilla,
  • oropharyngeal disease,
  • Prevotella sp,
  • streptococcus sp.
Publication Date
2009
Citation Information
M Allender, Stephanie L McCain, Edward C. Ramsay, Juergen P Schumacher, et al.. "Cervical necrotizing fasciitis and myositis in a western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)" Journal of Medical Primatology Vol. 38 Iss. 3 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/juergen_schumacher/16/