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Exertional myopathy in whooping cranes (Grus americana) with prognostic guidlelines

Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine

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Abstract

Exertional myopathy developed in three whooping cranes (Grus americana) secondary to routine capture, handling, and trauma. Presumptive diagnosis of exertional myopathy was based on history of recent capture or trauma, clinical signs, and elevation of aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, creatine kinase, lactate dehydrogenase, and serum potassium. Treatments were attempted in each case, but ultimately were not successful. Gross and microscopic lesions at necropsy confirmed the diagnosis in each case, with the leg musculature most severely affected. Guidelines for determining prognosis of exertional myopathy in cranes have been included based on the analysis of these cases and others in the literature. As treatment is largely unrewarding, prevention remains the key in controlling exertional myopathy. Identification of predisposing factors and proper handling, immobilization, and transportation techniques can help prevent development of exertional myopathy in cranes.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Exertional myopathy in whooping cranes (Grus americana) with prognostic guidlelines
Series title:
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Volume
36
Issue:
3
Year Published:
2005
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
p. 489-497
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
First page:
489
Last page:
497
Number of Pages:
9