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1 March 2018 RADIOGRAPHIC ABDOMINAL ANATOMY IN CAPTIVE RED PANDAS (AILURUS FULGENS)
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The red panda (Ailurus fulgens) is classified as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. The aim of this study was to describe the normal radiographic abdominal anatomy in red pandas to provide guidance for clinical use. Radiography of the abdomen was performed in nine captive red pandas during their annual health examinations. Seven of nine animals had six lumbar vertebrae. The sacrum consisted mainly (8/9) of three fused segments. Hypaxial muscles were easily seen in animals weighing 5 kg and above. The pylorus was located to the right of the midline and cranially to the fundus in 8/9 individuals. Bunching of small intestine in the right central abdomen occurred in animals weighing 6 kg and above. The spleen was prominent. Knowledge of the normal radiographic abdominal anatomy of red pandas is important in the diagnosis of diseases and in routine health examinations.

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Modesta Makungu, Wencke M. du Plessis, Michelle Barrows, Hermanus B. Groenewald, and Katja N. Koeppel "RADIOGRAPHIC ABDOMINAL ANATOMY IN CAPTIVE RED PANDAS (AILURUS FULGENS)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 49(1), 214-218, (1 March 2018). https://doi.org/10.1638/2016-0167R2.1
Accepted: 1 December 2017; Published: 1 March 2018
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