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Volume 4, issue 1
Primate Biol., 4, 33–37, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/pb-4-33-2017
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Special issue: Special diseases of nonhuman primates

Primate Biol., 4, 33–37, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/pb-4-33-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Forum article 08 Mar 2017

Forum article | 08 Mar 2017

A case of gallstones in an African green monkey (Chlorocebus aethiops)

Dina Kleinlützum and Roland Plesker Dina Kleinlützum and Roland Plesker
  • Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, Paul-Ehrlich-Strasse 51–59, 63225 Langen, Germany

Abstract. Spontaneous cholelithiasis was found in a male African green monkey (Chlorocebus aethiops) at necropsy. Choleliths varied in size, shape and colour. Gallstones were analysed using accepted analytical methods. Results showed that the gallstones were composed of cholesterol and protein in varying proportions. Histologically, the gallbladder showed diffuse mild to moderate lymphocytic infiltration. The etiology of the cholelithiasis in the examined individual remains unknown.

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