Atherosclerosis associated with pericardial effusion in a central bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps)

J Vet Diagn Invest. 2010 Sep;22(5):789-92. doi: 10.1177/104063871002200526.


Atherosclerosis is a common disease in pet birds, particularly in psittacines, and is frequently found when performing postmortem examinations on adult and old dogs, in which it is mainly associated with endocrine diseases, such as hypothyroidism and diabetes mellitus. However, atherosclerosis is poorly documented in reptiles and consequently poorly understood. In the current case report, atherosclerosis and pericardial effusion were diagnosed in a 2-year-old male central bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) based on ultrasound visualization, necropsy, and histologic examination.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animal Feed
  • Animals
  • Atherosclerosis / veterinary*
  • Coleoptera
  • Euthanasia
  • Gryllidae
  • Humans
  • Insecta
  • Larva
  • Lizards
  • Male
  • Moths
  • Pericardial Effusion / veterinary*
  • Reptiles