Hypervitaminosis D in Guinea Pigs with α-Mannosidosis
Abstract:A colony of guinea pigs (n = 9) with α-mannosidosis was fed a pelleted commercial laboratory guinea pig diet. Over 2 mo, all 9 guinea pigs unexpectedly showed anorexia and weight loss (11.7% to 30.0% of baseline weight), and 3 animals demonstrated transient polyuria and polydipsia. Blood chemistry panels in these 3 guinea pigs revealed high-normal total calcium, high-normal phosphate, and high ALP. Urine specific gravity was dilute (1.003, 1.009, 1.013) in the 3 animals tested. Postmortem examination of 7 animals that were euthanized after failing to respond to supportive care revealed renal interstitial fibrosis with tubular mineralization, soft tissue mineralization in multiple organs, hepatic lipidosis, and pneumonia. Analysis of the pelleted diet revealed that it had been formulated with a vitamin D3 content of more than 150 times the normal concentration. Ionized calcium and 25-hydroxyvitamin D values were both high in serum saved from 2 euthanized animals, confirming the diagnosis of hypervitaminosis D. This report discusses the clinical signs, blood chemistry results, and gross and histologic findings of hypervitaminosis D in a colony of guinea pigs. When unexpected signs occur colony-wide, dietary differentials should be investigated at an early time point.
Document Type: Case Report
Affiliations: 1: University Laboratory Animal Resources, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, USA. email@example.com 2: University Laboratory Animal Resources, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, USA 3: School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, USA 4: Research Institute of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, USA 5: School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Research Institute of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Publication date: April 1, 2013
Comparative Medicine (CM), an international journal of comparative and experimental medicine, is the leading English-language publication in the field and is ranked by the Science Citation Index in the upper third of all scientific journals. The mission of CM is to disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed information that expands biomedical knowledge and promotes human and animal health through the study of laboratory animal disease, animal models of disease, and basic biologic mechanisms related to disease in people and animals.
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