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1 March 2012 Severe Idiopathic Hypocalcemia in a Juvenile Western Lowland Gorilla, Gorilla gorilla gorilla
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A 6-mo-old, male western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) was evaluated because of tetany of both hands. The gorilla had alternating periods of constipation, diarrhea, and bloating since birth. A diagnosis of idiopathic hypocalcemia was based on severe hypocalcemia, a normal vitamin D level, response to oral calcium and vitamin D therapy, and eventual resolution. Idiopathic hypocalcemia, an uncommon disease in neonatal humans, should be considered in young gorillas with persistent gastrointestinal problems or acute tetany.

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Jenifer Chatfield, Greeley Stones, and Tania Jalil "Severe Idiopathic Hypocalcemia in a Juvenile Western Lowland Gorilla, Gorilla gorilla gorilla," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 43(1), 171-173, (1 March 2012). https://doi.org/10.1638/2011-0053.1
Received: 15 March 2011; Published: 1 March 2012
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