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Title: Salt gland adenitis as only cause of stranding of loggerhead sea turtles Caretta caretta
Authors: Orós Montón, Jorge Ignacio 
Camacho Rodríguez, María De Los Ángeles 
Calabuig, P.
Arencibia Espinosa, Alberto 
UNESCO Clasification: 240119 Zoología marina
310907 Patología
240110 Histología animal
Keywords: Sea turtles
Salt gland
Caretta caretta
Loggerhead sea turtles
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: 0177-5103
Journal: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 
Abstract: The present study describes pathological and microbiological findings in 9 stranded log-gerhead sea turtles Caretta caretta, whose only observed lesion was bilateral purulent salt glandadenitis. Histological lesions ranged from the presence of abundant eosinophilic material associatedwith bacterial colonies in the lumen of the central ducts of the glandular lobules to the destruction ofthe glandular tissue and presence of abundant eosinophilic material composed of heterophils and celldebris, lined by multinucleated giant cells. Aeromonas hydrophila, Staphylococcussp., and Vibrioalginolyticuswere the bacteria most frequently isolated. Plasma concentrations of sodium and chlo-ride and plasma osmolality from 2 turtles suffering from salt gland adenitis were, respectively 45.7,69.2, and 45.7% higher than the mean value for healthy turtles. These cases suggest that failure tomaintain homeostasis due to severe lesions in the salt glands can cause stranding and/or death ofloggerhead sea turtles.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/44397
ISSN: 0177-5103
DOI: 10.3354/dao02351
Source: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms[ISSN 0177-5103],v. 95, p. 163-166
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