Atopy in a Bonobo

Summary Information

Diseases / List of Miscellaneous / Metabolic / Multifactorial Diseases / Disease summary
Alternative Names Atopic eczema
Disease Agents A wide variety of substances may act as allergens. In a male bonobo, pollen and foodborne allergens were confirmed to be involved. (P5.37.w2) 
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Non-infectious Agent(s)  
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General Description
  • Itching, scratching and hair loss developed on the face (temples) and on the inside of the upper arms/elbows. (P5.37.w2) 
Further Information
  • An intradermal skin test produced positive reactions to tree pollen, grass and cereals; another bonobo, not showing clinical signs, failed to react to the same antigens. (P5.37.w2)
  • Histological examination of a biopsy confirmed the diagnosis. (P5.37.w2)
  • Treatment was symptomatic and included exclusion of the possible causative factors as far as was possible, antihistamines, multivitamins and an "immunoglobulin preparation". Initially supplementation with gamma-linolenic acid was used but discontinued due to the occurrence of diarrhoea. (P5.37.w2)
Associated Techniques
Host taxa groups /species
Author Dr Debra Bourne MA VetMB PhD MRCVS (V.w5)

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