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1 December 2010 Double Valvular Insufficiency in a Burmese Python (Python molurus bivittatus, Linnaeus, 1758) Suffering from Concomitant Bacterial Pneumonia
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Ultrasonography, and, to a lesser extent, echocardiography are now well-established, noninvasive, and painless diagnostic tools in herpetologic medicine. Various cardiac lesions have been previously described in reptiles, but valvulopathy is rarely documented in these animals and, consequently, is poorly understood. In this report, sinoatrial and atrioventricular insufficiencies were diagnosed in a 5-yr-old captive dyspneic Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) on the basis of echocardiographic and Doppler examination. This case report is the first to document Doppler assessment of valvular regurgitations in a reptile.

Lionel Schilliger, Emilie Tréhiou-Sechi, Amandine M. P. Petit, Charlotte Misbach, and Valérie Chetboul "Double Valvular Insufficiency in a Burmese Python (Python molurus bivittatus, Linnaeus, 1758) Suffering from Concomitant Bacterial Pneumonia," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 41(4), 742-744, (1 December 2010). https://doi.org/10.1638/2010-0094.1
Received: 8 June 2010; Published: 1 December 2010
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