Alimentary necrobacillosis in alpacas

Francisco R. Carvallo, Francisco A. Uzal, Carlos Flores, Santiago S. Diab, Federico Giannitti, Beate Crossley, Arno Wünschmann

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Abstract

Ulcers of the oral cavity, esophagus, and gastric compartments of South American camelids are uncommon. Multifocal-to-coalescing ulcers were identified in the oral cavity, esophagus, and/or gastric compartments of 5 alpacas submitted for postmortem examination. Fusobacterium necrophorum was isolated from the lesions in all alpacas, in combination with other aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. In 4 of these cases, F. necrophorum–associated lesions were considered secondary to neoplasia or other chronic debilitating conditions; in 1 case, the alimentary ulcers were considered the most significant autopsy finding. It is not known if this agent acted as a primary or opportunistic agent in mucosal membranes previously damaged by a traumatic event, chemical insult, immunodeficiency, or any other debilitating condition of the host.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-343
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020

Keywords

  • Fusobacterium necrophorum
  • alpacas
  • gastric compartments
  • necrobacillosis

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    Carvallo, F. R., Uzal, F. A., Flores, C., Diab, S. S., Giannitti, F., Crossley, B., & Wünschmann, A. (2020). Alimentary necrobacillosis in alpacas. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 32(2), 339-343. https://doi.org/10.1177/1040638720906409