Postprandial biochemistry changes in penguins (spheniscus demersus) including hyperuricemia

Carolyn Cray, Donald W. Stremme, Kristopher L. Arheart

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In a clinical setting, it is important to differentiate abnormal values that may be a normal change resulting from feeding and those that may be disease related. Such postprandial changes have been identified in mammalian and avian species. In the current study, pre- and postvalues for several routine biochemical analytes from penguins (Spheniscus demersus) were examined. Significant increases were found in uric acid, triglycerides, and bile acids (P < 0.001). Uric acid levels increased more than threefold. These data indicate that postprandial changes should be considered when interpreting abnormal biochemistry values in penguins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-326
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 21 2010


  • Penguin
  • Postprandial
  • Uric acid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)


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