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Histopathological Examination of the Pancreas of the Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus)

D. P. Higgins and P. J. Canfield

Koala Infectious Diseases Research Group, Faculty of Veterinary Science, B14, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia


This retrospective study, which was based on koala pancreatic specimens taken 2, 24, 48 and 72 h after death, showed that the degree of autolysis did not necessarily exclude histopathological examination. Disorders not previously reported in the pancreas of koalas included the following: inflammation and necrosis; atrophy and fibrosis of exocrine pancreatic tissue; lymphosarcoma; pancreatic heterotopy; and ductal adenocarcinoma.