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1 December 2009 Gastrointestinal Obstruction in Penguin Chicks
David Perpiñán, Thomas G. Curro
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A 7-day-old gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) was found dead and postmortem examination revealed impaction of the ventriculus with feathers. A review of mortality in gentoo penguin chicks from 1997 to 2007 at that institution revealed another case of feather impaction of the ventriculus in a 4-week-old chick, a sibling of the previous chick. A third case of gastrointestinal impaction occurred in a 24-day-old king penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) with omphallitis and enteritis. In this chick, a fibrin mat produced a complete obstruction of the intestine at the level of Meckeĺ's diverticulum.

David Perpiñán and Thomas G. Curro "Gastrointestinal Obstruction in Penguin Chicks," Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 23(4), 290-293, (1 December 2009).
Published: 1 December 2009
Aptenodytes patagonicus
gastrointestinal obstruction
gentoo penguin
king penguin
Pygoscelis papua
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