Survey of cardiovascular pathology in wild urban Rattus norvegicus and Rattus rattus.

@article{Rothenburger2015SurveyOC,
  title={Survey of cardiovascular pathology in wild urban Rattus norvegicus and Rattus rattus.},
  author={Jamie L Rothenburger and Chelsea Gardner Himsworth and Piper M Treuting and Frederick A. Leighton},
  journal={Veterinary pathology},
  year={2015},
  volume={52 1},
  pages={201-8}
}
Norway (Rattus norvegicus) and black rats (Rattus rattus) are common commensal pests, yet little is known about the ecology of wild rats, including their natural diseases. We describe microscopic cardiovascular pathology in a subset of a sample of 725 wild urban rats. Changes observed in the pulmonary blood vessels (n = 199) included arteriolar medial hypertrophy (20.1%, n = 40) and blood vessel mineralization (19.1%, n = 38). Microscopic changes in the heart (n = 200) included myocarditis (33… CONTINUE READING
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