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DAO 48:155-159 (2002)  -  doi:10.3354/dao048155

Uterine adenocarcinoma with generalised metastasis in a bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus from northern Patagonia, Argentina

Juana Sánchez1, Luisa Kuba2, Bárbara Berón-Vera2,3,*, Silvana L. Dans2,3, Enrique A. Crespo2,3, Marie-Françoise Van Bressem4, Mariano A. Coscarella2,3, Néstor A. García2,3, Mariano Koen Alonso2,3, Susana N. Pedraza2,3, Pablo A. Mariotti2,3

1Albarellos 1074 1B, 1641 Acassuso, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2Centro Nacional Patagónico (CONICET), Boulevard Brown 3600, 9120 Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina
3Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco, Boulevard Brown 3700, 9120 Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina
4Department of Vaccinology-Immunology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liège, 4000 Sart Tilman, Belgium
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ABSTRACT: An endometrial adenocarcinoma with areas of squamous differentiation and generalised metastasis was observed in a bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus stranded in northern Patagonia in July 1997. This is the second report of a uterine adenocarcinoma in a free-living cetacean and the first in a Delphinidae. This neoplasm likely compromised reproduction for several years. In addition, the dolphin presented tattoo-like skin lesions and its digestive tract was infested by Anisakis simplex, Pseudoterranova sp., Braunina cordiformis and Corynosoma australe.

KEY WORDS: Bottlenose dolphin · Tursiops truncates · Uterine adenocarcinoma · Tattoo-like skin lesions · Parasites · Patagonia · Argentina

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