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1 April 2009 Dermoid Cysts in Caribou
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Subcutaneous dermoid cysts were identified in eight wild caribou (Rangifer tarandus) from widely dispersed locations in northern Canada and in one wild caribou from Alaska. The dermoid cysts from Canadian caribou were found among 557 diagnostic specimens that had been detected by hunters and submitted by resource officers and biologists between 1 January 1966 and 15 May 2007. All of the cysts were located in the cervical region, and five of nine cysts were found in the throat area. All of the animals for which the age was known were adult; males and females were equally represented. Dermoid cysts were not diagnosed in any of 1,108 white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), 293 mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus), 174 elk (Cervus elaphus), or 529 moose (Alces alces) examined during the same period at the Canadian laboratory.

G. Wobeser, T. Bollinger, A. Neimanis, and K. B. Beckmen "Dermoid Cysts in Caribou," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 45(2), 505-507, (1 April 2009). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-45.2.505
Received: 8 June 2007; Published: 1 April 2009
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