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1 June 2016 IATROGENIC MICROCHIP ARTERIAL EMBOLISM IN A CHILEAN FLAMINGO (PHOENICOPTERUS CHILENSIS)
June E. Olds, Jacob Ewing, Paulo Arruda, Jennifer Kuyper, Elizabeth Riedesel, Kristina M. Miles
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Aberrant microchip migration has been reported in domestic animal species, but in most cases, this migration is atraumatic to the patient. Reports of microchip-associated trauma and sarcoma development also have been reported in a variety of mammal species. This report describes accidental arterial microchip insertion causing obstruction of the iliac artery in a Chilean flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis). Diagnostic imaging included digital radiography and pre- and post-contrast computed tomography to determine the location of the microchip. Surgical removal of the microchip was attempted; however, the flamingo died intraoperatively. Postmortem evaluation found trauma to the epicardium, without penetration of the ventricle. The descending aorta was found traumatized and identified as the most likely insertion point leading to the embolism.

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June E. Olds, Jacob Ewing, Paulo Arruda, Jennifer Kuyper, Elizabeth Riedesel, and Kristina M. Miles "IATROGENIC MICROCHIP ARTERIAL EMBOLISM IN A CHILEAN FLAMINGO (PHOENICOPTERUS CHILENSIS)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 47(2), 686-690, (1 June 2016). https://doi.org/10.1638/2015-0168.1
Received: 27 July 2015; Published: 1 June 2016
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