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Experimental lead poisoning in bald eagles

June 9, 2009

Captive, crippled bald eagles unsuitable for release were fed lead shot to determine diagnostic criteria for lead poisoning. The eagles were fluoroscoped and bled periodically to determine shot retention and blood delta--aminolevulinic acid dehydratase activity. Microscopic examination revealed renal tubular degeneration, arterial fibrinoid necrosis and myocardial necrosis. Acid-fast intra-nuclear inclusion bodies were not found in proximal convoluted tubule cells. Analyses of blood and toxicological data are not yet complete.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1979
Title Experimental lead poisoning in bald eagles
Authors H. Pattee, S. Wiemeyer, P. Hoffman, J. Carpenter, L. Sileo
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 5211299
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center