Journal article

Ultrasound evaluation of small intestinal thickness and a comparison to body weight in normal chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus)

K Garrett, M Milne, R Doneley, N Perkins

AUSTRALIAN VETERINARY JOURNAL | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Ultrasound in avian patients is useful for identifying abnormalities within the coelomic cavity. A correlation between sonographic evaluation of jejunal thickness and body weight has been reported in mammals, but not the chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus). The purpose of this study was to prospectively assess the normal values of jejunal thickness in the chicken and compare this to body weight. METHODS: Coelomic ultrasound was performed on 89 clinically normal chickens with no history or signs of gastrointestinal disease. Two populations of hens (commercial layers and backyard purebred and mixed-breed hens) were used. Breed and ultrasonographically measured jejunal wall thickness..

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