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Successful surgical treatment of obstructive liver disease caused by a biliary calculus in a captive Chimpanzee (Pan Troglodytes)

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Issue number4
Volume46
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)925-928
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

A 40-yr-old female chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) presented with intermittent, short-duration episodes of nonspecific clinical signs that included lethargy and reduced responsiveness to external stimuli. Clinical examination and diagnostics suggested obstructive hepatic disease, which was confirmed by subsequent ultrasonographic examination. During routine laparotomy, a biliary calculus was removed from the distal common bile duct and the gallbladder was removed, which resulted in complete clinical recovery. The biliary calculus was analyzed as a mixed composition of predominantly cholesterol, bilirubin, and calcium. © Copyright 2015 by American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.