Dilated cardiomyopathy in spider monkey (Ateles chamek, Humboldt, 1812)

Case report

Keywords: systolic dysfunction, non-human primates, treatment, neotropical primates


Non-human primates are routinely studied and managed in zoos, conservation breeding centers, and research centers, but there is currently limited information regarding diseases that can affect these animals. Dilated cardiomyopathy is one of the most common cardiovascular diseases in small animal clinical practice. However, there are few reports of this condition occurring in non-human primates. Here, in a spider monkey (Ateles chamek) housed in the Rio de Janeiro Zoo, we report the occurrence of dilated cardiomyopathy, its etiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis through clinical examination, and the use of complementary exams (radiographic, electrocardiographic, and echocardiographic), as well as the protocol, used in the treatment. In this case, it is assumed that the occurrence of the disease was related to the peripartum period due to the hormonal and metabolic changes that occurred, and the physiological interactions of gestation and puerperium
How to Cite
Filho, M. dos S., Chaves, H. H. de C. C., Magalhães, B. S. N., Kagohara, A., Troccoli, F., Galhões, A., Balthazar, D. de A., & Paiva, J. P. (2019). Dilated cardiomyopathy in spider monkey (Ateles chamek, Humboldt, 1812). Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Medicine, 41, e098219. https://doi.org/10.29374/2527-2179.bjvm098219
Case report