A 21-yr-old male Atlantic bottle-nose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) was performing at an aquatic park when it developed a soft tissue swelling anterior to the flukes. Subsequent radiographic evaluation revealed the animal to have vertebral osteomyelitis and suspected diskospondylitis. The case was successfully managed with long-term antibiotic therapy.
Vertebral Osteomyelitis and Suspected Diskospondylitis in an Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncates)
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J. W. Alexander, Mobashir A. Solangi, Leon S. Riegel; Vertebral Osteomyelitis and Suspected Diskospondylitis in an Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncates). J Wildl Dis 1 January 1989; 25 (1): 118–121. doi: https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-25.1.118
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