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Postmortem Analysis of Injuries by Roadkill of a White-eared Opossum (Didelphis Albiventis) by Radiographs and Forensic Necropsy-A Virtopsy Case Report | Abstract
ISSN: 2157-7579

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Research Article

Postmortem Analysis of Injuries by Roadkill of a White-eared Opossum (Didelphis Albiventis) by Radiographs and Forensic Necropsy-A Virtopsy Case Report

Laila Massad Ribas1,2*, Mara Rita Rodrigues Massad1, Tália Missen Tremori1, Sérvio Túlio Jacinto Reis1, Talita Eising1 and Noeme Sousa Rocha1

1Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia da Universidade Estadual Paulista, Júlio de Mesquita Filho, campus Botucatu

2Rua Prof. Fernando de Azevedo, 50-São Paulo-SP, Brazil.

*Corresponding Author:
Laila Massad Ribas
Rua Prof. Fernando de Azevedo
50-São Paulo-SP, Brazil
Tel: 55-11-3719-5811
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: November 30, 2015; Accepted date: December 17, 2015; Published date: December 19, 2015

Citation: Ribas LM, Massad MRR, Tremori TM, Reis STJ, Eising T, et al. (2016) Postmortem Analysis of Injuries by Roadkill of a White-eared Opossum (Didelphis Albiventis) by Radiographs and Forensic Necropsy-A Virtopsy Case Report. J Veterinar Sci Technol 7:282. doi:10.4172/2157-7579.1000282

Copyright: © 2016 Ribas LM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

The white-eared opossum (Didelphis albiventris) is one of the most road-killed animals in Brazil, especially due to its opportunistic habits and great adaptation to urban environment. Although radiology is present in the veterinary daily routine, it is uncommon in forensic necropsies, especially in wild animals. A white-eared opossum killed by a vehicle in a road of the State of São Paulo, Brazil was submitted to entire-body radiographs followed by forensic necropsy. The images revealed diffuse increased radio-opacity in both hemi-thoraces possibly of hemorrhagic origin, whereas the forensic necropsy findings were consistent with bloody pleural effusion. It was possible to conclude that postmortem radiographs in wild animals could contribute to determine the cause of death and improve forensic investigations.

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