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Table 2 Organs affected, morphological diagnosis, and aetiology of significant diagnoses observed in 61 harbour porpoises

From: Clinical, pathological, and laboratory diagnoses of diseases of harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena), live stranded on the Dutch and adjacent coasts from 2003 to 2016

Organ No. of animals with severe lesion in specified organ
Total (single/multiplea) Inflammatory lesion from  
Nematodes Nematodes plus bacteria Nematodes plus fungi Bacteria Bacteria plus fungi Fungi Viruses Viruses plus bacteria Unknown micro-organisms Unknown cause Non-inflammatory lesion
Lung 35 (13/22) 9 7 3 5   4b    1 5 1
Liver 7 (1/6)     1       4 2
Brain 7 (0/7)      1 2c 1    3  
Integument 7 (1/6)     4     1   1 1
Kidney 4 (1/3)            4
Ear 3 (0/3)      2      1  
Muscle 3 (0/3)     1        2
Heart 2 (0/2)       1d     1  
Pancreas 2 (1/1)           1 1
Skeleton 2 (0/2)     2        
Oesophagus 1 (1/0)            
Eye 1 (0/1)           1  
Pharynx 1 (0/1)       1d      
Stomach 1 (0/1) 1           
Vasculature 1 (0/1)            
  1. aSingle, number of animals with severe lesion diagnosed only in specified organ. Multiple, number of animals with severe lesion diagnosed also in one or more other organs.
  2. bIn three of these four animals, fungal infection spread from the lungs to other organs.
  3. cIn one of these two animals, fungal infection spread from the lungs.
  4. dIn this animal, fungal infection spread from the lungs.