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Skin and abdominal fascia melanization in broiler chickens.
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PMID:  16863089     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Increased trimming and consequent carcass downgrade was experienced in a broiler flock. Condemned birds had gray to black pigmentation of the subcutaneous tissue and fat of the abdomen, and bluish pigmentation of the shanks. Histopathology revealed accumulation of melanin in these tissues. No significant bacteria were isolated. Accumulation of melanin in the skin and fascia is because of the cumulative and interactive effects of several genes. Additionally, pigmentation of abdominal fat has a high correlation with accumulation of melanin in the skin of the shanks. Although melanization of the skin and abdominal fascia is not harmful to people, it may cause severe economic losses to the producer.
Rocio Crespo; Manuel Pizarro
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Avian diseases     Volume:  50     ISSN:  0005-2086     ISO Abbreviation:  Avian Dis.     Publication Date:  2006 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-25     Completed Date:  2006-09-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370617     Medline TA:  Avian Dis     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  309-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, Fresno Branch, University of California, Davis 93720, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adipose Tissue / pathology
Melanosis / genetics,  pathology,  veterinary*
Poultry Diseases / diagnosis*,  genetics,  pathology
Skin / pathology

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