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Phaeochromocytoma in two coatimundi (Nasua nasua)
  1. G. P. Reppas, BVSc, DipVetPath, FACVSc, DiplECVP, MRCVS1,1,
  2. K. B. Bodley, BSc(Vet), BVSc2,
  3. G. F. Watson, MBBS, FRCPA,3 and
  4. E. J. Wills, MD, FRCPA4
  1. 1 Victorian Veterinary Pathology Services, 1868 Dandenong Road, Clayton, Victoria 3168, Australia
  2. 2 Royal Melbourne Zoological Gardens, Elliott Avenue, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia
  3. 3 Department of Anatomical Pathology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Missenden Road, Camperdown, New South Wales 2050, Australia
  4. 4 Central Sydney Electron Microscope Unit, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Concord, New South Wales 2139, Australia


Two unrelated coatimundi (Nasua nasua) had bilaterally enlarged adrenal glands at necropsy, and sections of the glands from both animals had histopathological features consistent with neoplasia. They were differentiated from an adrenal cortical tumour on the basis of their light microscopical morphology, immunoperoxidase staining and electron microscopic studies and a final diagnosis of phaeochromocytoma was made. To the authors' knowledge, these are the first reported cases of phaeochromocytoma in coatimundi.

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  • Mr Reppas' present address is 304-310 Horsley Road, Horsley Park, New South Wales 2164, Australia

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