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14 December 2012 MULTIPLE PAPILLOMAS IN A DIAMOND PYTHON, MORELIA SPILOTA SPILOTA
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A 4-yr-old male diamond python (Morelia spilota spilota) was evaluated for multiple black papillated exophytic skin proliferations and signs of pneumonia. The histopathologic structure of the skin biopsy specimens led to the diagnosis of a benign papilloma-like neoplasia. In this case, papillomavirus DNA could be amplified from a biopsy sample with a broad range polymerase chain reaction. Nested pan-herpes polymerase chain reaction was negative, and herpesvirus inclusion bodies were not found. Because of the histologically benign nature of the papilloma, the skin proliferations were left untreated. Ten mo after the first presentation, the skin lesions had regressed almost completely; 34 mo later, only scars from the biopsies were left.

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Jessica M. Gull, Christian E. Lange, Claude Favrot, Gerry M. Dorrestein, and Jean-Michel Hatt "MULTIPLE PAPILLOMAS IN A DIAMOND PYTHON, MORELIA SPILOTA SPILOTA," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 43(4), 946-949, (14 December 2012). https://doi.org/10.1638/2012-0064R.1
Received: 14 March 2012; Published: 14 December 2012
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