Advances in Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Case Report
Adv. Anim. Vet. Sci. 8(2): 213-216
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Zubaidah Kamaruddin6, Chiu Nie Chong1, Idris Umar Hambali4, Faez Firdaus Abdullah Jesse1, 3, Fitri Wan-Nor1, Eric Lim Teik Chung2, 3, Yusuf Abba4, Asinamai Athliamai Bitrus5, Innocent Damudu Peter4, Bura Thlama Paul1, Siti Suzana Selamat6, Hasdi Hassan6, Azlan Che-Amat1*

1Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia, 2Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia, 3Institute of Tropical Agriculture and Food Security, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia, 4Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maiduguri. P.M.B 1069 Maiduguri, Borno Nigeria, 5Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Jos, P.M.B 2084 Jos, Plateau Nigeria, 6National Wildlife Rescue Centre (NWRC), Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN), 35600 Sungkai, Perak.

Abstract | This case reports detail the clinical management of an elbow hygroma in a Malayan Tigress (Panthera tigris jacksoni). A twelve (12) years old Malayan Tigress weighing 112 kg with body condition score of 3/5 kept in captivity was reported by rangers in the National Wildlife Rescue Centre, Sungkai, Perak, Malaysia with a primary complaint of a lump at the right elbow of the forelimb. Physical and clinical examinations showed normal pulse and respiratory rates, additionally, an 8 cm x 9 cm well demarcated, soft lump caudal to the right forelimb elbow joint was palpated. Based on the physical examination and clinical signs, a diagnosis of elbow hygroma was made on that point of time. The tigress was managed by surgical lancing and wound cleaning. During the intra-operative session, the tigress was premedicated with an anti-cholinergic agent, an antibiotic, an anti-inflammatory agent and a supplement of vitamin D. During the post-operative medical management, antibiotic was administered to prevent secondary bacterial infection, papase as anti-inflammatory and iodine spray for wound care management. In conclusion, hygroma on the elbow was managed non-invasive surgical procedure and proper management by avoiding the overwhelming effects of possible risk factors can be a preventive measure for this case.

Keywords | Tiger, Elbow hygroma, Panthera tigris jacksoni, Clinical, Management