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Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation

Melissa Behr, Robert Rudd, David Driemeier
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November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Tamara Veiga-Parga, Krista M D La Perle, Shelley J Newman
Reproductive pathology of domestic guinea pigs is underreported to date. To provide a comprehensive review of uterine disease in guinea pigs, we performed a retrospective study of the pathology archives of the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine. By histology, 13 of 37 uterine lesions in 23 animals were neoplastic; the other 24 nonneoplastic lesions included cystic endometrial hyperplasia (16 of 24), endometrial hemorrhage (3 of 24), pyometra (2 of 24), polyp (2 of 24), and mucometra (1 of 24)...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Weifeng Zhu, Jingtao Li, Ya Wang, Chao Kang, Meilin Jin, Huanchun Chen
A single nucleotide polymorphism-based PCR assay has been developed to differentiate the attenuated vaccine strain used in Japan from field isolates of Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae found in pigs. However, this assay has been evaluated with only Japanese strains and isolates; therefore, it is unknown whether it could be used in other countries with E. rhusiopathiae strains and isolates of different genetic backgrounds. In our study, the PCR assay was evaluated using Chinese E. rhusiopathiae vaccine strains and field isolates...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Rei Nagahara, Masayuki Kimura, Megu Itahashi, Go Sugahara, Masashi Kawashima, Hirotada Murayama, Toshinori Yoshida, Makoto Shibutani
Two solitary and minute tumors of 1 and 1.5 mm diameter were identified by microscopy in the left fourth mammary gland of a 13-year-old female Labrador Retriever dog, in addition to multiple mammary gland tumors. The former tumors were well circumscribed and were composed of small-to-large polyhedral neoplastic oncocytes with finely granular eosinophilic cytoplasm, and were arranged in solid nests separated by fine fibrovascular septa. Scattered lumina of variable sizes containing eosinophilic secretory material were evident...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Stephen E Cassle, Nelmarie Landrau-Giovannetti, Lisa L Farina, Angelique Leone, James F X Wellehan, Nicole I Stacy, Patrick Thompson, Hada Herring, Blair Mase-Guthrie, Uriel Blas-Machado, Jeremiah T Saliki, Michael T Walsh, Thomas B Waltzek
A recently deceased juvenile male bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) was found floating in the Gulf of Mexico, off Sand Key in Clearwater, Florida. At autopsy, we identified pneumonia and a focus of malacia in the right cerebrum. Cytologic evaluation of tissue imprints from the right cerebrum revealed fungal hyphae. Fungal cultures of the lung and brain yielded Aspergillus fumigatus, which was confirmed by amplification of a portion of the fungal nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacer 2 region sequence...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
E Jane Kelly, David J Wilson
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen that has been associated with mastitis in dairy animals, including goats. Often, the environmental sources of the bacteria are water-related (such as hoses and muddy pastures). Mastitis attributable to P. aeruginosa was identified in 2 goats in a small herd. Efforts were made to identify environmental sources of the pathogen. Multiple samples from the goats' environment were cultured, including water from the trough, bedding, the hose used to wash udders, and the teat dip and teat dip containers...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Kim M Boerkamp, Eva Hellmén, Helena Willén, Guy C M Grinwis, Erik Teske, Gerard R Rutteman
Morphologically, canine soft-tissue sarcomas (STSs) resemble human STSs. In humans, proper classification of STSs is considered essential to improve insight in the biology of these tumors, and to optimize diagnosis and therapy. To date, there is a paucity of data published on the significance of detailed classification of STSs in the dog. We revised a cohort (n = 110) of proliferative lesions obtained from a study in Golden Retrievers that were considered "soft tissue sarcoma, not otherwise specified or of uncertain subtype" in order to optimize the diagnoses of these lesions...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Kyle Donnelly, Thomas B Waltzek, James F X Wellehan, Nicole I Stacy, Maria Chadam, Brian A Stacy
Mycobacteriosis is infrequently reported in free-ranging sea turtles. Nontuberculous Mycobacterium haemophilum was identified as the causative agent of disseminated mycobacteriosis in a juvenile leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) that was found stranded on the Atlantic coast of Florida. Disseminated granulomatous inflammation was identified histologically, most notably affecting the nervous system. Identification of mycobacterial infection was based on cytologic, molecular, histologic, and microbiologic methods...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Lisa A Last, Heather Fenton, Jessica Gonyor-McGuire, Matthew Moore, Michael J Yabsley
Snake fungal disease is an emerging infectious disease caused by the fungus Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola leading to severe dermatitis and facial disfiguration in numerous free-ranging and captive snakes. A free-ranging mud snake (Farancia abacura) from Bulloch County, Georgia, was presented for autopsy because of facial swelling and emaciation. Extensive ulceration of the skin, which was especially severe on the head, and retained shed were noted on external examination. Microscopic examination revealed severe heterophilic dermatitis with intralesional fungal hyphae and arthroconidia consistent with O...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Juan C Arango-Sabogal, Olivia Labrecque, Julie Paré, Julie-Hélène Fairbrother, Jean-Philippe Roy, Vincent Wellemans, Gilles Fecteau
Culture of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) is the definitive antemortem test method for paratuberculosis. Microbial overgrowth is a challenge for MAP culture, as it complicates, delays, and increases the cost of the process. Additionally, herd status determination is impeded when noninterpretable (NI) results are obtained. The performance of PCR is comparable to fecal culture, thus it may be a complementary detection tool to classify NI samples. Our study aimed to determine if MAP DNA can be identified by PCR performed on NI environmental samples and to evaluate the performance of PCR before and after the culture of these samples in liquid media...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Abdullah Awaysheh, Jeffrey Wilcke, François Elvinger, Loren Rees, Weiguo Fan, Kurt L Zimmerman
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and alimentary lymphoma (ALA) are common gastrointestinal diseases in cats. The very similar clinical signs and histopathologic features of these diseases make the distinction between them diagnostically challenging. We tested the use of supervised machine-learning algorithms to differentiate between the 2 diseases using data generated from noninvasive diagnostic tests. Three prediction models were developed using 3 machine-learning algorithms: naive Bayes, decision trees, and artificial neural networks...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Rubina Sirri, Carlo Bianco, Gaetano Zuccaro, Maria Elena Turba, Luciana Mandrioli
We describe a hernia of the swim bladder, with a concurrent mycotic granulomatous inflammation, and carcinoma of the swim bladder in a wild mullet (Mugil cephalus) referred for an exophytic dorsal mass. Grossly, the mass was white, soft, and composed of multiple cystic gas-containing chambers connected by a funnel-shaped tissue segment to the coelomic swim bladder. Histologically, the mass was characterized by cysts of variable size, multifocally contiguous with the subepithelial rete mirabile, supported by abundant fibrous tissue...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Camila Peres Rubio, Josefa Hernández-Ruiz, Silvia Martinez-Subiela, Asta Tvarijonaviciute, Marino Bañón Arnao, José Joaquín Ceron
We performed analytical validation of 3 automated assays of the total antioxidant capacity (TAC) in canine serum and evaluated their use in dogs with inflammatory bowel disease. The assays were based on the generation of a 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) radical cation (ABTS•(+)) in aqueous media, which produces a blue-green color. The antioxidants present in the sample remove the chromogen in proportion to their concentrations. The assays differed mainly in the way in which this radical was produced...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Wen-Ta Li, Hui-Wen Chang, Chian-Ren Jeng, Chen-Hsuan Liu, Fun-In Wang, Li-Jen Chang, Victor Fei Pang
An ~21-year-old female Barbary sheep (Ammotragus lervia) died spontaneously following a lengthy episode of difficulty in walking. An ~6 × 3 × 3 cm, unilocular cystic growth was found in the cranioventral thorax. The fibrotic cystic wall, lined by a single layer of flattened to cuboidal epithelial cells, was invaginated and partially encircled solid masses of fusiform neoplastic cells with multiple intratumoral cystic structures. The fusiform neoplastic cells were intensely positive for cytokeratin (CK) and partially positive for α-smooth muscle actin and vimentin, but negative for thyroid transcription factor-1 (TTF-1) and neuron-specific enolase (NSE)...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
David A Bemis, Brian H Johnson, Mary Jean Bryant, Rebekah D Jones, Brynn V McCleery, Cheryl B Greenacre, Vincent Perreten, Stephen A Kania
An organism reported in the early literature to be a rare cause of cervical lymphadenitis in guinea pigs, Streptobacillus moniliformis, has been reclassified as Caviibacter abscessus We describe a series of sequential cases of abscesses in guinea pigs that were presented to our clinic from which the only agent isolated was a unique, serum-requiring bacterium. Discrete colonies were not detected in 6.5% CO2 or anaerobically on routine primary isolation media containing up to 5% whole sheep blood, with and without cysteine, vitamin K, and hemin supplementation after 7 days of incubation at 37°C...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Megan C Niederwerder, Jerome C Nietfeld, Jianfa Bai, Lalitha Peddireddi, Barbara Breazeale, Joe Anderson, Maureen A Kerrigan, Baoyan An, Richard D Oberst, Kimberly Crawford, Kelly M Lager, Darin M Madson, Raymond R R Rowland, Gary A Anderson, Richard A Hesse
We determined tissue localization, shedding patterns, virus carriage, antibody response, and aerosol transmission of Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) following inoculation of 4-week-old feeder pigs. Thirty-three pigs were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups for the 42-day study: inoculated (group A; n = 23), contact transmission (group B; n = 5), and aerosol transmission (group C; n = 5). Contact transmission occurred rapidly to group B pigs whereas productive aerosol transmission failed to occur to group C pigs...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Corrine R Davis, Beth A Valentine, Emma Gordon, Sean P McDonough, Paula A Schaffer, Andrew L Allen, Patricia Pesavento
A diagnosis of neoplasia was noted in 125 of 357 donkeys (35%) in our review of medical records from 5 veterinary schools in the United States and Canada. Equine sarcoid was the most common tumor in our study, accounting for 72% of all tumors and 82% of cutaneous tumors. Soft-tissue sarcomas were the second most common skin tumors. All other types of neoplasia were rare. Important differences in the occurrence of neoplasia in donkeys compared to horses included the rarity or absence of squamous cell carcinoma in any organ system and gray horse melanoma...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Hiroya Ito, Torata Ogawa, Dai Fukamizu, Yuiko Morinaga, Masahiro Kusumoto
The aim of our study was to reveal the molecular basis of the serologic nontypeability of 2 Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae field isolates. Nine field strains of A. pleuropneumoniae, the causative agent of porcine pleuropneumonia, were isolated from pigs raised on the same farm and sent to our diagnostic laboratory for serotyping. Seven of the 9 strains were identified as serovar 15 strains by immunodiffusion tests. However, 2 strains, designated FH24-2 and FH24-5, could not be serotyped with antiserum prepared against serovars 1-15...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Tom Hellebuyck, Richard Ducatelle, Leslie Bosseler, Annemie Van Caelenberg, Han Versnaeyen, Koen Chiers, An Martel
Neoplastic disorders are frequently encountered in the practice of reptile medicine. Herein we report the clinical behavior, antemortem diagnosis, and histopathologic characteristics of a recurrent intraoral keratinizing basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and a metastatic BCC of the carapace in 2 Hermann's tortoises (Testudo hermanni). Although squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) in tortoises show similar predilection sites and gross pathologic features, the BCCs described in our report were characterized by a remarkably fast and highly infiltrative growth in comparison to SCCs...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Xiaoli Ke, Maixin Lu, Jianguo Wang
Although Fusarium sp. infections have been reported in aquatic invertebrates, studies of Fusarium spp. as fish pathogens remain very limited. In our study, a fungus was isolated from diseased zebrafish (Danio rerio). DNA sequence analysis of the fungus, based on a partial region of the translation elongation factor 1α gene (EF-1α), the internal transcribed spacer region and domains D1 and D2 of the large subunit of the ribosomal RNA gene (ITS plus LSU), and the RNA polymerase II subunit gene (RPB2), showed 99...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
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