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Title: Esophageal diverticulum associated with Aerococcus viridans infection in a loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta)
Authors: Torrent, Ayose
Déniz, Soraya 
Ruiz Reyes, Antonio 
Calabuig Miranda,Pascual 
Sicilia, Javier
Orós, Jorge 
UNESCO Clasification: 3109 Ciencias veterinarias
Keywords: Diseases
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: 0090-3558
Journal: Journal of Wildlife Diseases 
Abstract: A juvenile loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) stranded in Gran Canaria, Spain was necropsied. The turtle was underweight, had sunken eves, and small amounts of crude oil were in the oral cavity. The most significant lesion was a large esophageal diverticulum at the junction of the esophagus and stomach. The diverticulum was full of gas and green mucoid fluid and a diffuse thick yellow fibrinonecrotic membrane covered the mucosa. The lumen of the diverticulum also contained moderate numbers of cephalopods, crustaceans, and anthropogenic debris including crude oil balls. plastics, and fishing lines. Histologically there was a severe diffuse fibrinonecrotic esophagitis. Aerococcus viridans was isolated from the diverticulum. This is the first report of an esophageal diverticulum in a sea turtle. Although A. viridans is a known pathogen of lobsters and fishes, there are no reports of A. viridans infection in sea turtles.
ISSN: 0090-3558
DOI: 10.7589/0090-3558-38.1.221
Source: Journal of Wildlife Diseases[ISSN 0090-3558],v. 38, p. 221-223
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