Exertional myopathy in whooping cranes (Grus americana) with prognostic guidelines

Christopher S. Hanley, Nancy J. Thomas, Joanne R Paul-Murphy, Barry K. Hartup

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Abstract

Exertional myopathy developed in three whooping cranes (Grus americana) secondary to routine capture, handling, and trauma. Presumptive diagnosis of exertional myopathy was based on history of recent capture or trauma, clinical signs, and elevation of aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, creatine kinase, lactate dehydrogenase, and serum potassium. Treatments were attempted in each case, but ultimately were not successful. Gross and microscopic lesions at necropsy confirmed the diagnosis in each case, with the leg musculature most severely affected. Guidelines for determining prognosis of exertional myopathy in cranes have been included based on the analysis of these cases and others in the literature. As treatment is largely unrewarding, prevention remains the key in controlling exertional myopathy. Identification of predisposing factors and proper handling, immobilization, and transportation techniques can help prevent development of exertional myopathy in cranes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-497
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Volume36
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes

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muscular diseases
Muscular Diseases
Guidelines
lesion
immobilization
serum
potassium
Wounds and Injuries
creatine kinase
Creatine Kinase
Aspartate Aminotransferases
lactate dehydrogenase
Alanine Transaminase
alanine transaminase
L-Lactate Dehydrogenase
aspartate transaminase
Immobilization
Causality
prognosis

Keywords

  • Capture
  • Exertional myopathy
  • Grus americana
  • Stress
  • Whooping crane

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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Exertional myopathy in whooping cranes (Grus americana) with prognostic guidelines. / Hanley, Christopher S.; Thomas, Nancy J.; Paul-Murphy, Joanne R; Hartup, Barry K.

In: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, Vol. 36, No. 3, 09.2005, p. 489-497.

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Hanley, Christopher S. ; Thomas, Nancy J. ; Paul-Murphy, Joanne R ; Hartup, Barry K. / Exertional myopathy in whooping cranes (Grus americana) with prognostic guidelines. In: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 2005 ; Vol. 36, No. 3. pp. 489-497.
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