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1 December 2004 DERMATOPHILUS CHELONAE IN A KING COBRA (OPHIOPHAGUS HANNAH)
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A mass was removed from the left flank of a 10-yr-old male king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah), and histologic examination revealed granulomatous dermatitis with intralesional gram-positive cocci and filamentous bacteria. Fourteen months later, a histologically similar subcutaneous mass was removed from a different site. One year later, a large subcutaneous mass at the first surgical site was removed, and histopathologic examination revealed multiloculated granulomas with intralesional gram-positive cocci. An organism was cultured and identified by 16S ribosomal RNA gene sequencing as Dermatophilus chelonae. After a course of antibiotic therapy, no further lesions were seen for 5 mo.

James F. X. Wellehan, Christine Turenne, Darryl J. Heard, Carol J. Detrisac, and Jeffrey J. O'Kelley "DERMATOPHILUS CHELONAE IN A KING COBRA (OPHIOPHAGUS HANNAH)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 35(4), 553-556, (1 December 2004). https://doi.org/10.1638/03-099
Received: 24 October 2003; Published: 1 December 2004
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