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1 January 2010 Cerebral Xanthomatosis in Three Green Water Dragons (Physignathus cocincinus)
Maya S. Kummrow, Charlene N. Berkvens, Jean A. Paré, Dale A. Smith
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Cerebral xanthomatosis was diagnosed in three female green water dragons (Physignathus cocincinus), all of which presented with progressive neurologic signs. No antemortem evidence for xanthomatosis was identified, but on postmortem examination cholesterol granulomas, composed of cholesterol clefts surrounded by macrophages and multinucleated giant cells, were found in the forebrain of each animal and were associated with significant displacement and pressure on the adjacent brain. Although the cause of xanthomatosis in these animals is unknown, nutrition and trauma may be involved in the pathogenesis of this condition.

Maya S. Kummrow, Charlene N. Berkvens, Jean A. Paré, and Dale A. Smith "Cerebral Xanthomatosis in Three Green Water Dragons (Physignathus cocincinus)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 41(1), 128-132, (1 January 2010). https://doi.org/10.1638/2009-0175.1
Received: 1 September 2009; Published: 1 January 2010
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