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1 June 2006 ABDOMINAL PYTHIOSIS IN A BENGAL TIGER (PANTHERA TIGRIS TIGRIS)
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An adult Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) housed in an outdoor sanctuary in Florida exhibited vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss. A clinical workup did not reveal the source of the clinical signs and antibiotic therapy was unrewarding. Radiographs revealed the presence of an abdominal mass. The tiger died during an immobilization for a follow-up clinical examination. A necropsy was performed and tissue samples of intestine and mesenteric lymph nodes were submitted for histopathologic diagnosis. A pyogranulomatous panenteritis and lymphadenitis with intralesional hyphae led to a presumptive etiologic diagnosis of intestinal/abdominal pythiosis. The diagnosis of pythiosis was confirmed by serology and immunoblotting.

Claus Buergelt, Joshua Powe, and Tamara White "ABDOMINAL PYTHIOSIS IN A BENGAL TIGER (PANTHERA TIGRIS TIGRIS)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 37(2), 186-189, (1 June 2006). https://doi.org/10.1638/05-003.1
Received: 14 January 2005; Published: 1 June 2006
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