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1 March 2011 Virtopsy in a Red Kangaroo with Oral Osteomyelitis
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This report describes the use of computed tomography (CT) in a nondomestic species. Postmortem CT was performed on a red kangaroo (Macropus rufus) and a diagnosis of oral osteomyelitis was made. CT examination revealed bony remodeling of the right mandible, an intraosseous lesion of the right temporal bone, muscle necrosis around the right mandible, and the absence of the right, first, upper molar tooth. Cardiac and intrahepatic gas and a distended intestine due to postmortem gas accumulation were also seen. All the lesions identified with CT were also identified by conventional necropsy, except the cardiac and intrahepatic gases. Virtopsy may be a useful procedure for the noninvasive identification of cause of death and as a guide for necropsy in animals.

Ki-Ja Lee, Motoki Sasaki, Aki Miyauchi, Miori Kishimoto, Junichiro Shimizu, Toshiroh Iwasaki, Yoh-Ichi Miyake, and Kazutaka Yamada "Virtopsy in a Red Kangaroo with Oral Osteomyelitis," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 42(1), 128-130, (1 March 2011). https://doi.org/10.1638/2010-0015.1
Received: 21 January 2010; Published: 1 March 2011
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