Surgical removal of a thymoma in a burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia).
A 12-year-old male burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) was presented for evaluation of a mass in the right cervical region. A thymoma was diagnosed after surgical resection and histopathologic evaluation. Extensive adherence of the thymoma to the esophagus and suspected invasion into the right jugular vein contributed to a poor postsurgical outcome. Diagnosis and treatment of thymomas in avian species is similar to that in mammals. Surgical removal of noninvasive thymomas is usually curative. Thymomas are rarely reported in avian species and this is the first report in a strigiform bird.
University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine, 2015 Linden Dr, Madison, WI 53706, USA.
SourceJournal of avian medicine and surgery 26:2 2012 Jun pg 85-90
Pub Type(s)Case Reports