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Pancreatitis severa

Ady Y Gancz, James F X Wellehan, James Boutette, Shachar Malka, Shannon E Lee, Dale A Smith, Michael Taylor
Diabetes mellitus was diagnosed in a 5-year-old male chestnut-fronted macaw (Ara severa) and an 8-year-old female Military macaw (Ara militaris) based on persistent hyperglycaemia and glucosuria. Hepatic biopsies showed marked hepatic haemosiderosis, while pancreatic biopsies showed no inflammatory lesions. Repeatable and titratable responses to bovine or porcine protamine zinc insulin were recorded in both patients, who were followed up for more than 2 years. In addition, iron-elimination therapy was initiated by chelation or phlebotomy, and the birds' diet was changed to low-iron content pellets...
August 2007: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
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