Foreign body urethral obstruction in a chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes)


Elizabeth Hammond, DVM,
Lion Country Safari
2003 Lion Country Safari Rd
Loxahatchee, FL 33470, USA.
Tel.: 561 793-1084 x 320;
fax: 561 793-9603;


Background  A 34-year-old, captive-born, vasectomized male chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) presented with lethargy and scrotal swelling.

Methods  Urethral obstruction was diagnosed via urethroscopy.

Results  Removal of the grass stem foreign body resolved the obstruction. Scrotal and preputial ulceration developed from urine scald, which was managed with surgical debridement and antibiotics.

Conclusions  After 7 weeks, the animal was reintroduced to its troup and has been healthy for 11 months.