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Intussusception

Intussusception is a serious gastrointestinal tract condition that occurs relatively frequently in particular poultry diseases, such as coccidiosis, ulcerative enteritis and parasite infestations. It occurs when food or fluid is not able to pass through the gastrointestinal tract, usually involving the intestine, due to part of the intestines sliding into another. Intussusception can result in a tear in the bowel, leading to infection and eventual death of the intestinal tissue.

Symptoms

Progressive weight loss
Loss of appetite
Depression

Diagnosis

  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam
  • Necropsy

Treatment

Surgery: Early, prompt treatment is required to save the bird. Surgery needs to be conducted by a qualified avian veterinarian.

Prevention

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