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Myocardial necrosis in a captive binturong (Arctictis binturong)
  1. S. Hollamby, BVSc, BA, MS1,
  2. H. Simmons, DVM,
  3. T. Bell, DVM, PhD2,
  4. A. Duncan, DVM and
  5. C. Stadler, DVM3
  1. 1 Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Veterinary Medical Center
  2. 2 Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1314, USA
  3. 3 Detroit Zoological Institute, PO Box 39, Royal Oak, Michigan 48068-0039 USA
  1. Mr Hollamby's present address is Dreamworld, Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera, Queensland 4209, Australia


An adult male binturong, Arctictis binturong, which had been anorexic and lethargic for seven days became acutely dyspnoeic and died under anaesthesia. A postmortem examination revealed left ventricular hypertrophy with a thrombus occluding the left ventricular chamber. Histological findings included moderate to severe multifocal, vasculocentric myocardial degeneration and necrosis with fibrosis replacing myocardiocytes. Escherichia coli and Proteus mirabilis were grown on cultures. The animal's serum vitamin E and selenium levels were considered adequate. The aetiology of the chronic myocardial changes could not be determined.

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