Postmortem Diagnostic Investigation of Disease in Free-Ranging Marine Turtle Populations: A Review of Common Pathologic Findings and Protocols

@article{Flint2009PostmortemDI,
  title={Postmortem Diagnostic Investigation of Disease in Free-Ranging Marine Turtle Populations: A Review of Common Pathologic Findings and Protocols},
  author={Mark Flint and Janet Patterson-Kane and Colin James Limpus and Thierry M Work and David Blair and Paul C. Mills},
  journal={Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation},
  year={2009},
  volume={21},
  pages={733 - 759}
}
Over the past few decades, there have been increasing numbers of reports of diseases in marine turtles. Furthermore, in recent years, there have been documented instances of apparently new diseases emerging in these species of which the etiology and/or pathogenesis remain unknown. These instances i) raise concern for the survival of marine turtles, and ii) question the health and stability of the benthic marine environments in which turtles live. Knowledge of common disease processes and… 
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