Radiographic examination of mandibular lesions in barren-ground caribou.

Miller FL, Cawley AJ, Choquette LP, Broughton E. "Radiographic examination of mandibular lesions in barren-ground caribou." J. Wildl. Dis.. 1975;11(4):465-70.


Dental anomalies were observed in 43 of 1,226 barren-ground caribou (Rangifer tarandus groenlandicus) taken between 1966 and 1968. In five of these 43 animals, the mandibles had deformities which radiography showed to be the result of dental abscesses in four cases and probably of a trauma in the other. The absence of actinomycotic lesions of the jaw bones of these 1,226 animals, and of more than 500 examined previously, indicates that "lumpy jaw" is rare in barren-ground caribou. The authors suggest the use of radiography to determine the nature of bone growth on skeletal remains, in the absence of soft tissues for examination for Actinomyces, either microscopically or by cultural methods.



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