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      Clinical approach to renal neoplasia in budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus).

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      The Journal of small animal practice

      Wiley

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          Renal neoplasia in budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) is seen regularly in general practice and is of interest to many practicing veterinary surgeons. This review article provides an overview of the current knowledge and the most recent reports in avian literature regarding renal tumours in budgerigars, with the emphasis on clinical diagnosis and treatment. The high prevalence of renal neoplasia in budgerigar is discussed, with notes on the most commonly diagnosed tumours, possibility of metastases, sex and age predisposition. The possibility of ultrasonography and radiography in the diagnosis of this pathological condition are compared as well as the possible role of blood and urine analyses. Two studies are described, both of which investigate the possible involvement of a retrovirus as the aetiological agent.

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          Journal
          J Small Anim Pract
          The Journal of small animal practice
          Wiley
          0022-4510
          0022-4510
          Sep 2006
          : 47
          : 9
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Division of Zoo Animals, Exotic Pets and Wildlife, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 260, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland.
          Article
          JSAP146
          10.1111/j.1748-5827.2006.00146.x
          16961467

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