Use of Thermography and Fluorescein Angiography in the Management of a Chilean Flamingo With Avascular Necrosis of the Wing

Hurley-Sanders, Jennifer L.; Bowman, Karl F.; Wolfe, Barbara A.; Nutter, Felicia B.; Sladky, Kurt K.; Stoskopf, Michael K.
December 2012
Journal of Avian Medicine & Surgery;Dec2012, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p255
Academic Journal
A Chilean flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis) was presented to the veterinary clinic at the North Carolina Zoological Park for evaluation of acute weakness of the right wing. Results of a physical examination revealed a lack of a palpable pulse in the radial artery, which suggested occlusion or obstruction of the vessel. Radiography, thermography, and fluorescein angiography confirmed right wing injury and vascular compromise. Based on the poor prognosis for return to function associated with irreversible vascular damage, the wing was amputated. After a period of observation and treatment, the bird was returned to public exhibit.


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