J Zoo Wild Med.: Postprandial biochemistry changes in penguins (Spheniscus demersus) including hyperuricemia.
Article Type: Reprint
Subject: Penguins (Health aspects)
Penguins (Care and treatment)
Hyperuricemia (Research)
Hyperuricemia (Risk factors)
Authors: Cray, C.
Stremme, D.W
Arheart, K.L
Pub Date: 12/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery Publisher: Association of Avian Veterinarians Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Association of Avian Veterinarians ISSN: 1082-6742
Issue: Date: Dec, 2010 Source Volume: 24 Source Issue: 4
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research
Accession Number: 252005089
Full Text: In a clinical setting, it is important to differentiate abnormal values that may be a normal change resulting from feeding and those that may be disease related. Such postprandial changes have been identified in mammalian and avian species. In the current study, pre- and postvalues for several routine biochemical analytes from penguins (Spheniscus demersus) were examined. Significant increases were found in uric acid, triglycerides, and bile acids (P < 0.001). Uric acid levels increased more than threefold. These data indicate that postprandial changes should be considered when interpreting abnormal biochemistry values in penguins.

2010;41: 325-326.
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