Acute necrotising zygomycotic ventriculitis in an eclectus parrot

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Acute necrosis of the ventriculusis a very uncommon lesion in birds.We describe a fatal case of acute necrotising ventriculitis caused by Rhizopus microsporus var. chinensis in a mature female eclectus parrot (Eclectusroratus). The bird presented acutely dull and lethargic, was vomiting and had  bright green droppings, suggestive of acute heavy metal poisoning. It was treated with fluids and chelation therapy but died within 12 hours. Necropsy, cytology, histopathology and culture results demonstrated fungal invasion of the ventriculus associated with transmural necrosis, haemorrhage, acute inflammation and abundant Rhizopusmicrosporus var. chinensis and lesser numbers of Candida krusei
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssociation of Avian Veterinarians Australasian Committee
Subtitle of host publicationAdvancing and Promoting Avian Medicine and Stewardship
PublisherAssociation of Avian Veterinarians, Australasian Committee (AAVAC)
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2011


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