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1 September 2005 EXERTIONAL MYOPATHY IN WHOOPING CRANES (GRUS AMERICANA) WITH PROGNOSTIC GUIDELINES
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Exertional myopathy developed in three whooping cranes (Grus americana) secondary to routine capture, handling, and trauma. Presumptive diagnosis of exertional myopathy was based on history of recent capture or trauma, clinical signs, and elevation of aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, creatine kinase, lactate dehydrogenase, and serum potassium. Treatments were attempted in each case, but ultimately were not successful. Gross and microscopic lesions at necropsy confirmed the diagnosis in each case, with the leg musculature most severely affected. Guidelines for determining prognosis of exertional myopathy in cranes have been included based on the analysis of these cases and others in the literature. As treatment is largely unrewarding, prevention remains the key in controlling exertional myopathy. Identification of predisposing factors and proper handling, immobilization, and transportation techniques can help prevent development of exertional myopathy in cranes.

Christopher S. Hanley, Nancy J. Thomas, Joanne Paul-Murphy, and Barry K. Hartup "EXERTIONAL MYOPATHY IN WHOOPING CRANES (GRUS AMERICANA) WITH PROGNOSTIC GUIDELINES," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 36(3), 489-497, (1 September 2005). https://doi.org/10.1638/04-047.1
Received: 7 June 2004; Published: 1 September 2005
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