Med. Weter. 69 (5), 304-307, 2013

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Ledwoń A., Dolka B., Dolka I., Szeleszczuk P.
Successive therapy of squamous cell carcinoma in African grey parrot
A 25-year-old male African grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus erithacus) with a non healing wound on the plantar surface of the right tarsometatarsus has been presented. Initial treatment with enrofloxacin and wound management was unsuccessful. Bacteriology was negative. Histopathological examination of collected samples indicated squamous cell carcinoma. Therapy was started with electrosurgery of the damaged tissue. Adjacent tissues were injected with carboplatin/ sesame oil emulsion. Intravenous chemotherapy with carboplatin (5mg/ kg b.w.) was administered after 2 and then 3 weeks. Since carcinoma was diagnosed, Cats claw extract (Uncaria tomentosa) has been also administered. Despite of problems with severe inflammation for the first few weeks after surgery and necrosis of one toe, damages have been completely healed, and the patient’s mental and body conditions were significantly improved.
Key words: parrots, squamous cell carcinoma, chemotherapy