DAO 108:177-180 (2014)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02711

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Recurrent umbilical cord accidents in a bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus

Daniel García-Párraga1, Fiona Brook2, José Luís Crespo-Picazo1, Teresa Álvaro1, Mónica Valls1, Mariola Penadés3, Joaquín Ortega3, Juan Manuel Corpa3,*

1Veterinary Services, Biology Department, Parques Reunidos Valencia, Oceanogràfic, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Valencia, Spain
2Adjunct Associate Professor, HDI, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong, SAR
3Biomedical Sciences Research Institute, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, PASAPTA (Histology and Anatomic Pathology), Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera, Moncada, Valencia, Spain
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ABSTRACT: Three successive umbilical cord accidents (UCAs) were diagnosed in the same female bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus during consecutive gestations. In 2 of these, transabdominal ultrasonographic examination revealed coiling of the UC around the peduncle of the foetus. All 3 foetuses were male, died in utero during the last third of gestation and were spontaneously aborted. The 3 UCs were elongated, flattened and congested. For 3 subsequent pregnancies, a different sire was used for mating, handling protocols and treatments were adjusted, and 3 live female calves were successfully delivered. UC lengths were normal. UCAs are associated with excessively long UCs and are not uncommon in humans and horses but are unusual in other species. We believe this is the first detailed report of recurrent UCAs in a dolphin.


KEY WORDS: Excessively long umbilical cord · Cetacean · Abortion · Stillbirth · Gestation


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Cite this article as: García-Párraga D, Brook F, Crespo-Picazo JL, Álvaro T and others (2014) Recurrent umbilical cord accidents in a bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus. Dis Aquat Org 108:177-180. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02711

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