Cerebrovascular accident (stroke) in captive, group-housed, female chimpanzees

Comp Med. 2012 Aug;62(4):322-9.


Over a 5-y period, 3 chimpanzees at our institution experienced cerebrovascular accidents (strokes). In light of the increasing population of aged captive chimpanzees and lack of literature documenting the prevalence and effectiveness of various treatments for stroke in chimpanzees, we performed a retrospective review of the medical records and necropsy reports from our institution. A survey was sent to other facilities housing chimpanzees that participate in the Chimpanzee Species Survival Plan to inquire about their experience with diagnosing and treating stroke. This case report describes the presentation, clinical signs, and diagnosis of stroke in 3 recent cases and in historical cases at our institution. Predisposing factors, diagnosis, and treatment options of cerebral vascular accident in the captive chimpanzee population are discussed also.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Animals, Laboratory*
  • Ape Diseases / pathology*
  • Female
  • Histological Techniques / veterinary
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / veterinary
  • Pan troglodytes*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Stroke / pathology
  • Stroke / veterinary*