Bilateral Aural Adenocarcinoma in a Congo African Grey Parrot Psittacus erithacus erithacus

Emma L. Houck, Krista A. Keller, Michelle Hawkins, Andrew G. Burton, Keriann M. Casey, Kevin Keel, Nathan Tong, David Guzman

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Scopus citations


A 28-year-old female Congo African grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus erithacus) was evaluated because of a mass in the left external auditory meatus. Results of a computed tomography scan revealed an osteolytic left hemimandibular mass with irregular bone production and a soft tissue mass in the left external auditory meatus. Results of cytologic examination of fine needle aspirates of the hemimandible were interpreted as adenocarcinoma with reactive osteoblasts. The owner chose palliative treatment, and a debulking procedure was performed on the left external auditory meatus mass 52 days after initial presentation to control self-trauma. Euthanasia was elected 67 days after initial presentation because of poor prognosis associated with the development of bilateral masses of the external auditory meatus and lateral deviation of the mandible, findings that were confirmed by postmortem examination. Histopathologic results confirmed the diagnosis of bilateral aural adenocarcinoma with invasion of both temporal bones and hemimandibles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-262
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016



  • adenocarcinoma
  • African grey parrot
  • avian
  • bird
  • external auditory meatus
  • neoplasia
  • Psittacus erithacus erithacus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Small Animals

Cite this