[MARMAM] New publication: Capture Myopathy and Stress Cardiomyopathy in a Live-Stranded Risso’s Dolphin (Grampus griseus) in Rehabilitation

Kita Câmara kita_camara at hotmail.com
Fri Jan 31 02:58:46 PST 2020

Dear MARMAMers,

We are delighted to announce the publication of the following Case Report in Animals:

Capture Myopathy and Stress Cardiomyopathy in a Live-Stranded Risso’s Dolphin (Grampus griseus) in Rehabilitation

Nakita Câmara1, Eva Sierra1, Antonio Fernández1, Manuel Arbelo1, Yara Bernaldo de Quirós1, Marina Arregui1, Francesco Consoli1,2 and Pedro Herráez1

Veterinary Histology and Pathology, Institute of Animal Health and Food Safety (IUSA), Veterinary School, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Arucas, 35416 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Department of Neuroscience, Imaging and Clinical Sciences, University G. D’Annunzio, 66100 Chieti, Italy

DOI: 10.3390/ani10020220<https://doi.org/10.3390/ani10020220>


Capture myopathy (CM) is described in wild animals as a metabolic syndrome resulting from the extreme stress suffered during and after capture, handling, restraint, and transport. Although CM has been characterized in many species of cetaceans, descriptions of cardiac injury—an important component of this syndrome, and, according to previous authors, comparable to the existing human pathology so-called stress cardiomyopathy (SCMP)—are still rare. Therefore, the main aim of this report is to illustrate, for the first time, the biochemical analysis, and gross, histopathological, histochemical and immunohistochemical features of CM, and more specifically of the SCMP involved in this syndrome, caused by the live-stranding and consequent rehabilitation attempt, for a certain period of time, in a juvenile male Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus). The animal presented elevated values of creatine kinase, cardiac troponin I and blood urea nitrogen, with some variations during the rehabilitation period. Histologically, we detected vascular changes and acute degenerative lesions analogous to the ones observed in humans with SCMP. We consider this study to be an important contribution to the study of cetaceans since it could help in decision-making and treatment procedures during live-strandings and improve conservation efforts by reducing the mortality of these animals.

The paper is available online at https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/10/2/220.

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

Telephone: +34 928 45 97 16
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Email: nakita.camara101 at alu.ulpgc.es
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