[MARMAM] What is new in cetacean pathology workshop and new article on gas bubble scoring

Yara Bernaldo de Quirós Miranda yarabdq at gmail.com
Fri Apr 22 01:30:27 PDT 2016

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you that during this last European Cetacean
Society Meeting in Madeira we held a workshop named “What is new in
cetacean Pathology”organized by Antonio Fernández (
antonio.fernandez at ulpgc.es).  This workshop was aimed at using pathology as
a tool for cetacean health and conservation. Advances in cetacean pathology
including field, laboratory diagnosis, new methodologies, and tools were
presented and discussed. This year we have focused on ear and brain
methodology and pathology, gas embolism, morbillivirus (detection and
pathology), and contaminants. We closed the workshop with case reports for

One of the many methods presented at this workshop was a recent publication
to score gas bubbles in carcasses (Bernaldo de Quirós Y, Saavedra P,
Møllerløkken A, Brubakk AO, Jørgensen A, González-Díaz O, Martín-Barrasa
JL, and Fernández A. Differentiation at necropsy between in vivo gas
embolism and putrefaction using a gas score. Research in Veterinary Science
106: 48-55, 2016). Given that the method has recently been published we
would like to share with you some of the conclusions of this manuscript: 1)
a new easy, fast, and inexpensive method was validated to discriminate
between gas bubbles produced by putrefaction and gas embolism, 2) gas
bubbles were not introduced in the vascular system if the dissection was
properly carried out, 3) none or very few gas bubbles were found in fresh
carcasses, 4) post-mortem off gassing in animals that reach surface alive
after decompression was not found relevant, 5) the presence of large
quantities of gas bubbles in fresh carcasses (code 2) was due to gas
embolism. The article is available at
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0034528816300522 or you
could send pdf requests to ybernaldo at becarios.ulpgc.es.

We would like to take this chance to thank the more than 40 participants of
over 10 countries that made this workshop possible. We look forward for
your participation in the next workshop.

Kind regards,

Prof. Antonio Fernández

Yara Bernaldo de Quirós
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