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1 June 2016 Pelvic Limb Amputation for the Treatment of a Soft-tissue Sarcoma of the Tibiotarso-tarsometatarsal Joint in a Blue-and-gold Macaw (Ara ararauna)
Noémie Summa, Sarah Boston, David Eshar, Bridget Lee-Chow, Erin Harrison, Catherine Fischer, Ae-Ri Ji, Brian Stevens, Dale A. Smith
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An unsexed, 16-year-old blue-and-gold macaw (Ara ararauna) was presented for evaluation of rapidly growing subcutaneous masses at the left tibiotarso-tarsometatarsal joint. Results of incisional biopsy were diagnostic for an intermediate-grade soft-tissue sarcoma. A distal-femoral amputation was performed and the leg was submitted for histopathology. Histopathologic examination confirmed the biopsy diagnosis and revealed neoplastic spread into the bone marrow cavity of the tibiotarsus. Excisional margins were complete. The macaw recovered and did well until it died suddenly 32 months after surgery. At necropsy, death was attributed to acute hepatic hemorrhage. No recurrence or metastasis of the sarcoma was identified.

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Noémie Summa, Sarah Boston, David Eshar, Bridget Lee-Chow, Erin Harrison, Catherine Fischer, Ae-Ri Ji, Brian Stevens, and Dale A. Smith "Pelvic Limb Amputation for the Treatment of a Soft-tissue Sarcoma of the Tibiotarso-tarsometatarsal Joint in a Blue-and-gold Macaw (Ara ararauna)," Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 30(2), 159-164, (1 June 2016). https://doi.org/10.1647/2013-061
Published: 1 June 2016
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