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1 December 2017 Endoscopic Removal of Gastrointestinal Foreign Bodies in Two African Grey Parrots (Psittacus erithacus) and a Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)
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Two African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus) and one hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) were examined because of varying clinical signs ranging from general lethargy to seizure-like episodes and regurgitation. Radiography and fluoroscopy in the 3 birds demonstrated variable degrees of gastric abnormalities, suggesting the presence of foreign material or stricture-like defects. Upper gastrointestinal rigid endoscopy by ingluviotomy revealed foreign bodies that were removed endoscopically. Minor postoperative complications were pulmonary congestion or mild aspiration and cardiac arrhythmia, both of which resolved, and no serious deleterious effects were associated with endoscopy in the short or long term. Endoscopy is recommended for examination and removal of foreign bodies from the upper gastrointestinal tract because it is less invasive and traumatic than traditional surgical approaches.

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Robert J. Cotton and Stephen J. Divers "Endoscopic Removal of Gastrointestinal Foreign Bodies in Two African Grey Parrots (Psittacus erithacus) and a Hyacinth Macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus)," Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 31(4), 335-343, (1 December 2017). https://doi.org/10.1647/2016-235
Published: 1 December 2017
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