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Title: Parotid Salivary Gland Basal Cell Adenocarcinoma in a Big-eared Opossum (Didelphis aurita)
Authors: Diaz Delgado, Josue 
Coimbra, A. A.C.
Dos Santos-Cirqueira, Cinthya
Sanches, Thaís Caroline
Guerra, Juliana Mariotti
de Oliveira, Alice S.
Di Loretto, C.
Zwarg, Ticiana
Réssio, Rodrigo Albergaria
Rivas, L.
Sansone, Marcelo
Nagamori, F. O.
Kanamura, Cristina Takami
Gonçalves, P. S.
Fernandes, Natália C.C.A.
Groch, Kátia Regina
Catão-Dias, José Luiz
UNESCO Clasification: 310907 Patología
240118 Mamíferos
Keywords: Carcinoma
Salivary gland
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: 0021-9975
Journal: Journal of Comparative Pathology 
Abstract: The opossum (family Didelphidae) is a marsupial endemic to the Americas. Apart from the South American short-tailed opossum (Monodelphis domestica) and the Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana), there is considerable lack of knowledge about the health and diseases of most opossum species. Among these, the big-eared opossum (Didelphis aurita) is found in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Natural and experimental studies have shown this species to be susceptible to infectious agents with zoonotic potential and the animals may play a role in transmission of such agents. However, neoplasia appears to be uncommon in this species. We describe the gross, microscopical and immunohistochemical features of a parotid salivary gland basal cell adenocarcinoma in a free-living big-eared opossum. This case represents the first report of salivary gland neoplasia in opossums.
ISSN: 0021-9975
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcpa.2017.12.010
Source: Journal of Comparative Pathology [ISSN 0021-9975], v. 159, p. 21-25
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