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From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2010-07-06 19:51:33 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] abstract in a "cousin" species (an under-studied situation in mustelids)
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> 1. J Zoo Wildl Med. 2010 Jun;41(2):296-308.

> Proliferative thyroid lesions and hyperthyroidism in captive fishers
> (Martes pennanti).

> Bunting EM, Garner MM, Abou-Madi N, Schmidt RE, Kollias GV.
> Department of Clinical Sciences, Section of Wildlife Health, College
> of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Tower Road, Ithaca, New
> York 14853, USA.

> Diseases of the thyroid gland are common in many zoo species, but
> there are few descriptions of thyroid dysfunction in Mustelidae. A 7-
> yr-old, captive-bred female fisher (Martes pennanti) with
> progressive alopecia was diagnosed with clinical hyperthyroidism
> based on persistent elevation of both total and free serum thyroxine
> and triiodothyronine, ultrasound examination, and histologic
> evidence of adenomatous hyperplasia. Four additional geriatric adult
> fishers (two male and two female) were identified with thyroid
> adenomatous hyperplasia in a review of 23 postmortem records. Banked
> sera were available for thyroid hormone testing from three of the
> four necropsy cases. Total and free thyroxine were elevated in four
> of four animals tested, and triiodothyronine was elevated in two of
> three animals tested. Necropsy findings in four cases identified
> cardiac hypertrophy, congestive heart failure, and vascular lesions
> consistent with hypertension; complete tissues were not available
> from the remaining case. Clinical and subclinical hyperthyroidism
> may be a common but overlooked condition of captive fishers. PMID:
> 20597222 [PubMed - in process]

Sukie (not a vet)

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