Postmortem diagnostic investigation of disease in free-ranging marine turtle populations: a review of common pathologic findings and protocols

Flint, M, Patterson-Kane, JC, Limpus, CJ, Work, TM, Blair, D and Mills, PC (2009) Postmortem diagnostic investigation of disease in free-ranging marine turtle populations: a review of common pathologic findings and protocols. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 21 6: 733-759.


Author Flint, M
Patterson-Kane, JC
Limpus, CJ
Work, TM
Blair, D
Mills, PC
Title Postmortem diagnostic investigation of disease in free-ranging marine turtle populations: a review of common pathologic findings and protocols
Journal name Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1040-6387
Publication date 2009-11
Year available 2009
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Volume 21
Issue 6
Start page 733
End page 759
Total pages 26
Editor John M Kreeger
Place of publication United States of America
Publisher American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
070709 Veterinary Pathology
070703 Veterinary Diagnosis and Diagnostics
970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Abstract Over the past few decades, there have been increasing numbers of reports of diseases in marine turtles. Furthermore, in recent years, there have been documented instances of apparently new diseases emerging in these species of which the etiology and/or pathogenesis remain unknown. These instances i) raise concern for the survival of marine turtles, and ii) question the health and stability of the benthic marine environments in which turtles live. Knowledge of common disease processes and pathologic changes in lesions, along with a standardized approach to postmortem and sample collection are required to document and understand the host-agent-environment interactions in marine turtle health. This review combines, for the first time, a standardized approach to the postmortem of marine turtles for veterinary clinicians, with a concurrent descriptive review of the gross and microscopic pathologic changes in lesions commonly seen.
Keyword Disease
marine turtles
mortality
necropsy
pathology
LOGGERHEAD SEA-TURTLES
GREAT-BARRIER-REEF
POLYMERASE-CHAIN-REACTION
CHELONIA-MYDAS
GREEN TURTLES
CARETTA-CARETTA
HAWAIIAN-ISLANDS
NORTHERN AUSTRALIA
ORGANOCHLORINE CONTAMINANTS
CUTANEOUS FIBROPAPILLOMAS
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: 2010 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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