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Chronic Occlusive Tracheitis - Oscar
Oscar is approximately 15 years old and was admitted to the practice with breathing difficulties.
On admission, Oscar was given oxygen therapy in a quiet room to try and stabilise his breathing.
He was monitored closely, but he continued to struggle with his breathing. Birds have a unique respiratory system because they have a total of nine air sacs throughout the body which are used along with the lungs for breathing. Clive established that the cause of the breathing difficulties was located in Oscar’s throat region. In order to stabilise his breathing, a procedure to place an ‘air sac tube’ was carried out.
Clive made a small incision over a ‘caudal air sac’, which is located around the abdominal region of a bird. He placed a small tube into the air sac and sutured it in place. Oscar’s breathing quickly stabilised after the tube placement and we could then carry out investigations.
Oscar had xrays taken and also a sample taken from his throat for cytological examination. Clive analysed the results and Oscar was found to be suffering with ‘chronic occlusive tracheitis’, which is inflammation of the trachea and this was caused by a bacterial and fungal infection.
Oscar remained hospitalised for a few days with his air sac tube in place and began antibiotic treatment. He was eating well and was comfortable with the tube. He was allowed home and the tube was removed two weeks later.
Oscar is doing extremely well and is able to breathe normally following the removal of the tube and medication.