Quantification of tissue uric acid levels in a Harris's hawk with visceral gout.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Uric acid metabolism (Research)
Gout (Research)
Pub Date: 12/01/2011
Publication: Name: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery Publisher: Association of Avian Veterinarians Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Association of Avian Veterinarians ISSN: 1082-6742
Issue: Date: Dec, 2011 Source Volume: 25 Source Issue: 4
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research
Accession Number: 282214798
Full Text: Quantification of tissue uric acid levels in a Harris's hawk with visceral gout. Herbert JD, Coulson JO, Coulson TD. Avian Dis. 2011;55:513-515.

A young, captive-bred Harris's hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) exhibited high fever and apparent paralysis of one leg shortly before death. Postmortem examination revealed milky white kidneys, white crystalline deposits in the pericardial sack, and white crystals in one intertarsal joint. Uric acid concentrations determined for the kidneys, heart muscle, skeletal muscle, and scrapings from the pericardial sack (20 mg) and intertarsal joint (2 mg) were, respectively, 12,200, 200, 110, 20,700, and 43,000 mg/100 g tissue. Compared with a healthy hawk, concentrations were elevated by a factor of 50 in the kidneys, 37 in skeletal muscle, and 18 in cardiac muscle.
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