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Granulomatous conjunctivitis in an ostrich

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  • Murat Saroglu,

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    1. University of Istanbul, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Surgery Department, Avcılar/Istanbul, Turkey
      Address communications to: Dr Murat Saroglu Tel.: +90 2 12591–6984 Fax: +90 2 12591–6976 e-mail: muratsaroglu@yahoo.com
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  • Rauf Yucel,

    1. University of Istanbul, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Surgery Department, Avcılar/Istanbul, Turkey
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  • Mustafa Aktas

    1. University of Istanbul, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Surgery Department, Avcılar/Istanbul, Turkey
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Address communications to: Dr Murat Saroglu Tel.: +90 2 12591–6984 Fax: +90 2 12591–6976 e-mail: muratsaroglu@yahoo.com

Abstract

Ostriches lack meibom glands, but have small lacrimal glands ventral to the lateral canthus, with ductules that open into the inside of the lower eyelid. Chalazion is a chronic granulomatous inflammation of the meibom glands that may develop from blockage of the ductules into the conjunctiva. A 2-year-old female ostrich presented with chronic granulomatous conjunctivitis, with clinical and histopathologic findings similar to chalazion of other species. The granulomatous dacryoadenitic mass was excised and no recurrence occurred at 4 months. This is the first case of chronic granulomatous conjunctivitis reported in the ostrich.

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