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1 June 2001 Congenital Cardiovascular Anomalies, Including Ventricular Septal Defects, in 2 Cockatoos
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Cardiovascular anomalies have been reported rarely in psittacine birds. This report describes 2 cockatoos, each presenting with a heart murmur, tachycardia, and a bounding pulse. Clinical signs associated with these patients included cyanosis of the cere and, in 1 bird, ascites. Echocardiographic evaluations of both birds suggested ventricular septal defects, which corresponded to radiographic evidence of an enlarged cardiac silhouette. Pathologic evaluation revealed a ventricular septal defect and persistent truncus arteriosus in an umbrella cockatoo (Cacatua alba), whereas a Moluccan cockatoo (Cacatua moluccensis) had a subvalvular septal defect and aortic hypoplasia. Congenital cardiovascular anomalies should be considered when young psittacine birds are presented with heart murmurs and signs of circulatory dysfunction.

Dawn E. Evans, Thomas N. Tully Jr., KEITH N. STRICKLAND, JAMIE F. WILLIAMS, and Gregory A. Rich "Congenital Cardiovascular Anomalies, Including Ventricular Septal Defects, in 2 Cockatoos," Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 15(2), 101-106, (1 June 2001). https://doi.org/10.1647/1082-6742(2001)015[0101:CCAIVS]2.0.CO;2
Published: 1 June 2001
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