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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 7:34 am 
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Sorry, emergency consult turned into emergency surgery and a late one too.
Got home at 4.30 this morning and I'm heading back to work now.
I have my thought's about the photos and I'll post them when I have a minute to put those thoughts into order.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:02 pm 
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Will be very interested to hear what your opinion is stella

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:13 pm 
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I am hoping that Cathy will post just one of the post mortem photos.
One that shows the mass on its own after it was removed.
These photos lead me to suspect that she was dealing with a neoplastic ( cancerous) condition.
They show a firm, white, granulomatous mass with a centre of blood clots.
The centre, in my opinion, is the blood supply to the mass which has become necrotic ( dead) because the mass rapidly outgrew it's blood supply.
I can almost feel in my imagination the texture of the mass. Sort of like slicing through soft gristle.
Many small animal tumours I have encountered appear and feel this way.
Unfortunately I suspect from the history of the bird's weight loss that there may also have been other internal masses that went undetected.
I am leaning towards a tumour, maybe Lymphoid Leukosis, especially in the light of the fact that no other birds were affected. As opposed to a respiratory infection.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:19 pm 
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Very interesting.... I thought "They show a firm, white, granulomatous mass with a centre of blood clots." the blood/clot area was where she cut it away from the sinus area... ?

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:21 pm 
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The sinus could have been the root of the tumour. So the blood supply could have come from there. But the clots to me looked like ante-mortem changes.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:25 pm 
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Hi folks
have read this post with interest as I have a girl with a sinus infection and lump on her face under one eye. Our local vet is a bit bemused by it as a week of two diff antibiotics has not resolved (we have been away with family and Sparrow has been in residence at the vet's).

Am keen to have any hints so wondering what the close of this story was?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:46 pm 
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Took Took I had one (about 8 months ago?) 2 courses of antibiotics and tried sinus flushing but wasn't very confident. Kept her isolated for ages although other than the eye she stayed completely healthy. I eventually put her back with the others - she is still healthy and the lump seems to have been largely re absorbed. I was prepared to cull her but there seemed to be no need. I think that luck was on her side and maybe she had an injury rather than a respiratory infection.
Oral antibiotics are often not effective on avian pus once it becomes hard. I think it really has to be physically removed.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:12 pm 
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Thanks Sue55 - Vet tried to remove it and hit a blood vessel - left my girl rather bruised. Trying again next week when bruising goes down but in the meantime I am going to try warm compresses to soften the lump...figure it's worth a try.


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I have a hen with the same problem. Large hard lump under her eye, but extremely healthy otherwise. Has been to vet where it was confirmed as a tumour of sorts, not hard pus and put on antibiotics. Removal was suggested but I couldn't and wasn't prepared to spend $500 on a small op. That was 4 months ago. I have left the lump and it has now shrunk to half the size and she is still her happy self.


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