pISSN:1309 - 6958       eISSN:2146 - 1953
2011, Cilt 27, Sayı 1, Sayfa(lar) 073-046
Oleander poisoning in cattle
Ozgur Ozdemir1, M. Kemal Ciftci1, Mehmet Maden2
1Department of Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Selcuk, Konya, Turkey
2Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Selcuk, Konya, Turkey
Keywords: Oleander, poisoning, pathology, cattle
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In this case report, pathological findings in cattle poisoning that was thought to be caused by the leaves of Nerium oleander in a farm was described. Clinically, sudden death, anemia and diarrhea were seen. Post-mortem examination of the animals revealed changing degrees of hyperemia, edema, and petechial bleedings were observed. In histopathological examination, edema, hyperemia and occasional hemorrhage with degeneration and necrosis in myocytes and neurons in heart and brain were detected. Based on the pathological findings, observations of oleander leaves in the feeders and deaths after the oleander trees were cut down have verified the diagnosis of oleander poisoning in these cattle.