Cervical Cysts in Elephants and Bears

Summary Information
Diseases / List of Miscellaneous / Metabolic / Multifactorial Diseases / Disease summary
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General Description
In Elephants
In Bears
  • Within the cervical wall, fluid-filled structures (cervical cysts), detected by transrectal ultrasonography in six of 17 female Helarctos malayanus - Sun bear from Europe and Thailand. (P1.2006.w1)
    • In one individual, cystic alterations were sufficient that it was not possible to identify the physiologic structure of the uterine cervix.
    • No abnormalities were noted for the uterus or ovaries. 
    • All affected bears were known (four bears) or probably (two bears) nulliparous.


Further Information
In Bears
  • In one bear, surgical removal of large cysts was attempted. Examination two years later revealed recurrence of the condition. (P1.2006.w1)
Associated Techniques
Host taxa groups /species Further information on Host species has only been incorporated for species groups for which a full Wildpro "Health and Management" module has been completed (i.e. for which a comprehensive literature review has been undertaken).

(List does not contain all other species groups affected by this disease. [N.B. Miscellaneous / Traumatic Diseases tend to be under-reported and the majority are likely to affect all bird and mammal species, given exposure to the related disease agents/factors.]

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