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1 June 2013 Perforating Foreign Body in the Ventriculus of an Umbrella Cockatoo (Cacatua alba)
Heidi Hoefer, Diane Levitan
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A 4-year-old male umbrella cockatoo (Cacatua alba) with a history of ingestion of foreign material from chewing on a household appliance presented for lethargy, inappetance, and regurgitation of 2 days duration. Foreign bodies identified on radiograph included a wire 2 cm in length in the proventriculus, a wire 3 cm in length in the ventriculus, and several pieces of rubber and plastic throughout the gastrointestinal tract. Diagnosis of a perforating ventricular foreign body was made through plain and contrast radiography. The proventricular wire was removed endoscopically but endoscopic retrieval was not successful in locating the ventricular wire. A ventriculotomy was done to remove the wire, which had perforated the ventriculus cranially and imbedded into the parenchyma of the liver. The wire was extracted from the center of a large nonresectable granuloma that incorporated the left liver lobe. The bird recovered from surgery but died from complications 3 months later. Postmortem examination revealed localized coelomitis and hepatic necrosis associated with the perforation.

Heidi Hoefer and Diane Levitan "Perforating Foreign Body in the Ventriculus of an Umbrella Cockatoo (Cacatua alba)," Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 27(2), 128-135, (1 June 2013).
Published: 1 June 2013

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