Patient #15766, sharped shinned hawk, found Charlotte
This patient arrived this morning from a veterinary clinic is Charlotte. She was diagnosed with spinal trauma/leg paralysis, as well as having a Capillaria infection.
Capillaria spp. is a nematode that inhabits the oral cavity, crop, and intestines. Clinical signs can be nonexistent, or they can include anorexia and weight loss, which is normally secondary to necrotic lesions in the mouth and the digestive tract. Capillaria is very common in birds of prey, although we rarely see the clinical signs of it in the mouth. This specific patient, #15766, had white, creamy/cheesy debris on right side of tongue and also in a deep grove on the upper right side along edge of beak. The lesions consist of inflammation and ulceration of the mucosal surface caused by the parasite. We swabbed the lesions and cytology showed a massive amount of capillaria eggs. These infections are treated with a five day course of fenbendazole.
Capillaria eggs seen in an oral swab from patient #15766