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1 June 2010 Postprandial Biochemistry Changes in Penguins (Spheniscus demersus) Including Hyperuricemia
Carolyn Cray, Donald W. Stremme, Kristopher L. Arheart
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In a clinical setting, it is important to differentiate abnormal values that may be a normal change resulting from feeding and those that may be disease related. Such postprandial changes have been identified in mammalian and avian species. In the current study, pre- and postvalues for several routine biochemical analytes from penguins (Spheniscus demersus) were examined. Significant increases were found in uric acid, triglycerides, and bile acids (P < 0.001). Uric acid levels increased more than threefold. These data indicate that postprandial changes should be considered when interpreting abnormal biochemistry values in penguins.

Carolyn Cray, Donald W. Stremme, and Kristopher L. Arheart "Postprandial Biochemistry Changes in Penguins (Spheniscus demersus) Including Hyperuricemia," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 41(2), 325-326, (1 June 2010). https://doi.org/10.1638/2009-0057R2.1
Received: 11 March 2009; Published: 1 June 2010
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