Actinomycotic splenitis and intestinal volvulus in an alpaca (Lama pacos)

J. A. Ramos-Vara, M. Kopcha, E. Richter, G. L. Watson, J. S. Patterson, C. Juan-Sallés, B. Yamini

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    Abstract

    Morphologic, microbiologic, and polymerase chain reaction amplification techniques were used to evaluate an alpaca (Lama pacos) with splenitis and intestinal volvulus. The intestinal volvulus produced a severe necrosuppurative typhlocolitis associated with vascular thrombosis and was most likely the cause of death of this animal. In addition, this animal had multiple coalescing abscesses affecting most of the splenic tissue. The isolation of Actinomyces spp. from the spleen and the morphology of the colonies when stained with Gram and Steiner stains support a diagnosis of splenic actinomycosis. Copyright 1993 by American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)228-232
    JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
    Volume29
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 1998

    Keywords

    • Actinomyces
    • Case report
    • Intestinal volvulus
    • Lama pacos
    • Splenic abscess

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