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1 October 1999 Relating Tumor Score to Hematology in Green Turtles with Fibropapillomatosis in Hawaii
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The relationship between hematologic status and severity of tumor affliction in green turtles (Chelonia mydas) with fibropapillomatosis (FP) was examined. During 1 wk periods in July 1997 and July 1998, we bled 108 free-ranging green turtles from Pala'au (Molokai, Hawaii, USA) where FP is endemic. Blood was analyzed for hematocrit, estimated total solids, total white blood cell (WBC) count and differential WBC count. Each turtle was assigned a subjective tumor score ranging from 0 (no visible external tumors) to 3 (heavily tumored) that indicated the severity of FP. There was a progressive increase in monocytes and a decrease in all other hematologic parameters except heterophils and total numbers of white blood cells as tumor score increased. These data indicate that tumor score can relate to physiologic status of green turtles afflicted with FP, and that tumor score is a useful field monitor of severity of FP in this species.

Work and Balazs: Relating Tumor Score to Hematology in Green Turtles with Fibropapillomatosis in Hawaii
Thierry M. Work and George H. Balazs "Relating Tumor Score to Hematology in Green Turtles with Fibropapillomatosis in Hawaii," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 35(4), (1 October 1999). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-35.4.804
Received: 3 October 1998; Published: 1 October 1999
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