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Dientamoeba fragilis: initial evidence of pathogenicity in the western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla).

Lankester, Felix, Kiyang, John Anyam, Bailey, Wendi and Unwin, Steve (2010) 'Dientamoeba fragilis: initial evidence of pathogenicity in the western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla).'. Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine, Vol 41, Issue 2, pp. 350-352.

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Abstract

A 7-yr-old female western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) shared an enclosure with 10 other gorillas at the Limbe Wildlife Centre (LWC), a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Cameroon. The gorilla had been living at the LWC for more than 6 yr prior to the exhibition of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)-like clinical signs. The gorilla improved dramatically after metronidazole therapy. The report suggests that metronidazole was effective because it eliminated the protozoa, Dientamoeba fragilis. Dientamoeba fragilis should be considered on the differential diagnosis list of any captive gorilla with IBS-like symptoms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dientamoeba fragilis metronidazole western lowland gorilla Gorilla gorilla gorilla
Subjects: QX Parasitology > Protozoa > QX 70 Mastigophora. (e.g., Giardia. Trichomonas. Trypanosoma. Leishmania)
WB Practice of Medicine > Diagnosis > General Diagnosis > WB 200 Physical diagnosis (General)
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Clinical Group
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1638/2009-0190.1
Depositing User: Users 43 not found.
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2010 15:49
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:02
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/1661

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