Spontaneous poisoning by Trema micrantha (Ulmaceae) in goats


  • Sandra Davi Traverso UFRGS
  • Priscila Zlotowski UFRGS
  • Marlise Germer
  • Claudio Estevão Farias Cruz UFRGS
  • David Driemeier UFRGS




Intoxicação experimental, Trama micrantha, Caprinos


Hepatotoxic plants are important cause of economical losses in farm animals in Brazil. This report concerns an outbreak of acute hepatic toxicosis, in which seven goats died after consumption of green leaves from a felled


Trema micrantha tree. Two of these animals were necropsied and several tissues were processed for histological examination. Main histological finding was observed in the liver that showed centrilobular to massive necrosis consistent with an acute hepatic toxicosis. The overall picture was similar to those described in experimentally induced T. micrantha poisoning of goats. No additional known hepatotoxic plant was found in the paddock where the goats had been kept.


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Author Biographies

Sandra Davi Traverso, UFRGS

Priscila Zlotowski, UFRGS



Departamento de Patologia Clínica Veterinária.

Marlise Germer



Autonomous Veterinary.

Claudio Estevão Farias Cruz, UFRGS



Departamento de Medicina Animal, FaVet - UFRGS.

David Driemeier, UFRGS



Departamento de Patologia Clínica Veterinária.



How to Cite

Traverso, S. D., Zlotowski, P., Germer, M., Cruz, C. E. F., & Driemeier, D. (2018). Spontaneous poisoning by Trema micrantha (Ulmaceae) in goats. Acta Scientiae Veterinariae, 33(2), 207–210. https://doi.org/10.22456/1679-9216.14826



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