[Psoriasis in a female chimpanzee].

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MOCA Reference, APE
Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Biella, U; Haustein, U F; Seifert, S; Adler, J; Schüppel, K F; Eulenberger, K
Year of Publication: 1991
Journal: Hautarzt
Volume: 42
Issue: 5
Pagination: 322-3
Date Published: 05/1991
Publication Language: eng
ISSN: 0017-8470
Keywords: Animals, Animals, Zoo, Biopsy, Climate, Female, Pan troglodytes, Psoriasis, Skin

Psoriasis, a widespread genodermatosis in Homo sapiens, also appears in primates. We report on a female chimpanzee in Leipzig Zoo. After years of captivity the animal developed erythematosquamous, highly hyperkeratotic, lesions, some confluent, on the knees, elbows, back of the hands and feet and on the forearms and the seat, which showed histologically characteristic features of psoriasis. It may be that both previous infections and psychic stress resulting from social isolation had caused eruption of the disease. In the literature single cases of psoriasiform dermatoses have also been described in other species of monkeys and even in a springer spaniel. Nonetheless, the search for an animal model of psoriasis vulgaris is still going on.

Alternate Journal: Hautarzt
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