Articles | Volume 4, issue 1
Forum article
08 Mar 2017
Forum article |  | 08 Mar 2017

A case of gallstones in an African green monkey (Chlorocebus aethiops)

Dina Kleinlützum and Roland Plesker

Abstract. Spontaneous cholelithiasis was found in a male African green monkey (Chlorocebus aethiops) at necropsy. Choleliths varied in size, shape and colour. Gallstones were analysed using accepted analytical methods. Results showed that the gallstones were composed of cholesterol and protein in varying proportions. Histologically, the gallbladder showed diffuse mild to moderate lymphocytic infiltration. The etiology of the cholelithiasis in the examined individual remains unknown.