[MARMAM] New publication: Skeletal and Cardiac Rhabdomyolysis in a Live-Stranded Neonatal Bryde's Whale With Fetal Distress

Kita Câmara kita_camara at hotmail.com
Sat Dec 21 06:24:09 PST 2019

Dear MARMAMers,

We are delighted to announce the publication of the following Case Report in Frontiers in Veterinary Science:

Skeletal and Cardiac Rhabdomyolysis in a Live-Stranded Neonatal Bryde's Whale With Fetal Distress

Nakita Câmara1, Eva Sierra1, Antonio Fernández1, Cristian Manuel Suárez-Santana1, Raquel Puig-Lozano1, Manuel Arbelo1 and Pedro Herráez1

Department of Veterinary Histology and Pathology, Veterinary School, Institute of Animal Health and Food Safety, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

DOI: 10.3389/fvets.2019.00476<https://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2019.00476>


The main objective of wildlife forensic investigation is to recognize pathologic changes and cause of death. Even though it may not always be possible to determine the specific illness and/or etiology, the description and subsequent interpretation of the injuries provide an invaluable understanding of pathology in cetacean post-mortem investigations. Although pathological studies have been previously reported in various cetacean species, such descriptions of the infraorder Mysticeti remain rare. A live-stranded neonatal Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera edeni) which subsequently died soon after the stranding, was assessed by physical exam, blood examination, gross necropsy evaluation, histopathology, and immunohistochemistry. It presented with elevated serum levels of creatine kinase, cardiac troponin I, urea, and creatinine. Microscopically, we observed keratin spicules (squamous epithelial cells) and areas of atelectasis in the lungs. Acute degeneration in the myocytes and cardiomyocytes were comparable to the findings previously described in cases of capture myopathy in live-stranded cetaceans. Immunohistochemistry biomarkers such as myoglobin, fibrinogen, and troponin were analyzed. Skeletal and myocardial damage has been documented in several cetacean species. However, this is the first reported case of skeletal and cardiac rhabdomyolysis associated with live-stranding in a newborn Bryde's whale that suffered from fetal distress.

The paper is available online at https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2019.00476/full.

If you have any questions you can contact me at  kita_camara at hotmail.com or nakita.camara101 at alu.ulpgc.es

Best regards,

Nakita Câmara
DVM, PhD Student

Centro Atlántico de Investigación de Cetáceos,
Instituto Universitario de Sanidad Animal y Seguridad Alimentaria (IUSA), Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC).

Campus Universitario Cardones de Arucas, Trasmontaña s/n
35416 Arucas, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, España

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