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Cloacal impaction with cloacolith in a black-legged seriema (Chunga burmeisteri)

Dante Luis Di Nucci, Martin Pablo Falzone


A 5-year-old intact female black-legged seriema (Chunga burmeisteri) was presented for behavioral changes and slight decrease in activity (minor vocalization and less mobility in enclosure). Physical examination revealed a firm, moderate dilation in the caudal coelom. A semi-spherical mass of greater radiodensity than soft tissues was observed in the region of the cloaca on radiographs. A cloacolith measuring approximately 4x3.7x3 cm was extracted manually. Cloacoliths are uncommon conditions in birds, and this case is the first record of cloacolith in Chunga burmeisteri.

Keywords: Avian, Black-legged seriema, Chunga burmeisteri, Cloacolith, Impaction
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