Cervical necrotizing fasciitis and myositis in a western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)

Matthew C Allender, S. L. Mccain, E. C. Ramsay, J. Schumacher, M. R.S. Ilha

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A 39-yr-old wild-caught, female western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) died during an immobilization to assess swelling and apparent pain of the cervical region. Necropsy revealed a fistulous tract containing plant material in the oropharynx, above the soft palate, communicating with a left-sided cervical necrotizing fasciitis and myositis. Alpha-hemolytic Streptococcus and Prevotella sp. were isolated from the cervical lesion. This is a report of cervical necrotizing fasciitis in a western lowland gorilla.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-159
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Primatology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 4 2009
Externally publishedYes



  • Fasciitis
  • Gorilla
  • Oropharyngeal disease
  • Prevotella sp.
  • Streptococcus sp.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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