Korean J Vet Res > Volume 56(4); 2016 > Article
Korean Journal of Veterinary Research 2016;56(4):265-267.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.14405/kjvr.2016.56.4.265    Published online February 27, 2017.
Sudden death caused by diaphragmatic rupture following rib fracture in a female sika deer (Cervus nippon) at a zoo
Kyoo-Tae Kim1, Seung-Hun Lee2, Dongmi Kwak2
1Animal Health Center, Zoo Land, Daejeon O-World Theme Park
2College of Veterinary Medicine, Kyungpook National University
A one-year-old female sika deer died suddenly with no preliminary signs during exhibition at a zoo. At necropsy, the carcass was emaciated and had dried fur. Examination of the thoracic cavity revealed a diaphragmatic rupture measuring 2 cm in diameter and a fracture in the middle of the right eighth rib. The liver and lungs had irregular circular discolorations caused by diaphragmatic rupture and subsequent herniation. Dark-brown-colored ascitic fluid, hydrothorax, and yellowish hydropericardium were also observed. The cause of death was determined to be diaphragmatic rupture caused by a rib fracture, which led to respiratory imbalance and circulatory disorders.
Key Words: Cervus nippon, diaphragmatic rupture, herniation, rib fractures, sika deer
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