Renal secondary hyperparathyroidism should be considered a differential diagnosis in forensic cases where animal abuse is suspected

Leonie W L van Bruggen, Javier P Deniz Marrero, Guy C M Grinwis, Nienke Endenburg, Reza R R Gerretsen, Hubert G T Nijs

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Abstract

This case description reports an adult dog with multiple rib fractures that was initially suspected to be the victim of non-accidental trauma, but eventually was diagnosed with severe chronic interstitial nephritis and renal secondary hyperparathyroidism leading to fibrous osteodystrophy and multiple pathological fractures. The importance of the specific expertise of a dedicated expert panel on animal abuse is discussed. This case illustrates the significance of the identification of normal, pathological, and breed-related variations within an animal in addition to forensic expertise, emphasizing that the presence of multidisciplinary teams in an expert panel on animal abuse is crucial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-496
Number of pages6
JournalForensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
Volume18
Issue number4
Early online date19 Aug 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Animal abuse
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Renal secondary hyperparathyroidism
  • Veterinary forensics

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