Journal article

SEVERE LEUKEMOID RESPONSE ASSOCIATED WITH MYCOBACTERIUM GENAVENSE INFECTION IN A PET BUDGERIGAR (MELOPSITTACUS LINDULATUS)

Michelle Sutherland, Natalie Courtman, Philip Sachs, Patricia Macwhirter

JOURNAL OF EXOTIC PET MEDICINE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2018

Abstract

A 2-year-old pet budgerigar was presented after a period of general malaise that was unresponsive to supportive therapy. Radiographic images revealed a marked hepatomegaly. Hematology results indicated the bird had a severe leukocytosis with marked discrepancy between the hemocytometer white blood cell (WBC) count and WBC estimated from the smear. The leukocytosis was characterized by an extreme heterophilia with marked left shift, including the presence of metamyelocytes and promyelocytes with marked toxic changes, and a marked monocytosis, consistent with a leukemoid response. The bird died despite supportive treatment. Hepatosplenomegaly was present at necropsy. Histopathology of multiple..

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