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Pituitary cystadenoma, enterolipidosis, and cutaneous mycosis in an Everglades ratsnake (Elaphe obsoleta rossalleni).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20945658     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An 11-yr-old captive-born male Everglades ratsnake (Elaphe obsoleta rosalleni) presented with dysecdysis, hyperkeratosis, and inappetance. Two skin biopsies demonstrated a diffuse hyperkeratosis with both a bacterial and fungal epidermitis. Fusarium oxysporum was cultured from both biopsies and considered an opportunistic infection rather than a primary pathogen. Medical management was unsuccessful, and the snake was euthanized. Histologic findings included a pituitary cystadenoma arising from the pars intermedia, severe intestinal lipidosis, generalized epidermal hyperkeratosis, and lesions consistent with sepsis. It is hypothesized that endocrine derangements from the pituitary tumor may have caused the skin and intestinal lesions.
Liza I Dadone; Eric Klaphake; Michael M Garner; Denise Schwahn; Lynne Sigler; John G Trupkiewicz; Gwen Myers; Michael T Barrie
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians     Volume:  41     ISSN:  1042-7260     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Zoo Wildl. Med.     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-15     Completed Date:  2010-11-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8915208     Medline TA:  J Zoo Wildl Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  538-41     Citation Subset:  IM    
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, 9990 Riverside Drive, P.O. Box 400, Powell, Ohio 43065, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Antifungal Agents / therapeutic use
Cystadenoma / pathology,  veterinary*
Dermatomycoses / drug therapy,  microbiology,  veterinary*
Intestinal Diseases / pathology,  veterinary
Itraconazole / therapeutic use
Lipidoses / pathology,  veterinary*
Pituitary Neoplasms / pathology,  veterinary*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antifungal Agents; 84625-61-6/Itraconazole

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