Clostridial enterocolitis in an emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) Academic Article uri icon


  • Clinical History: A 25-year-old female emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) presented with a 1-week history of lethargy, hyporexia, and recumbency. The bird had lived its entire life at the Winnie Carter Wildlife Center in Texas and had an unremarkable medical history, apart from bilateral congenital blindness. Necropsy Findings: Within the coelomic cavity, the serosal surface of the intestines was coated with a moderate amount of tan to green, mucoid, opaque, foul-smelling fluid (fibrinoheterophilic coelomitis) (Fig. 1). The large intestine was diffusely dilated and filled with dark red fluid and strands of yellow, friable material (fibrin). The mucosa of the small intestine, and most severely the colon, was diffusely roughened, thickened, dull, and covered by a thick yellow to green, opaque, friable diphtheritic membrane (Fig. 2). The distal colon was diffusely, markedly distended and focally contained a 50x7x5 cm, semi-firm accumulation of feces coated by a 4-5 mm diameter layer of tan, friable material (fibrin) located 21 cm from the opening of the cloaca. Gross evaluation of the eyes revealed bilateral aphakia.

published proceedings

  • Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Pathology

author list (cited authors)

  • Hoskins, E., Stranahan, L. W., Blue-McLendon, A., & Rech, R.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Hoskins, Emily||Stranahan, Lauren W||Blue-McLendon, Alice||Rech, Raquel

publication date

  • January 2022