Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin



    Liver pathology associated with increased mortality in turkey breeder and meat turkey flocks (2014)

    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Popp, Christina
    Hauck, Rüdiger
    Vahlenkamp, Thomas W
    Lüschow, Dörte
    Kershaw, B Olivia (WE 12)
    Hoferer, Marc
    Hafez, Hafez M
    Avian diseases; 58(3) — S. 474–481
    ISSN: 0005-2086
    Pubmed: 25518445
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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    Between 2006 and 2011 a series of disease conditions characterized by raised mortality and liver disorders occurred in turkey breeder flocks and in meat turkey flocks in Germany. The flocks were between 12 and 23 wk of age, and mostly hens were affected. Clinical signs were nonspecific and accompanied by mortality varying between 1% and 7%. Affected birds displayed swollen livers that were marbled with black and red spots and yellowish areas. The pericardium was filled with an amber fluid, and the coronary groove was extensively filled with fat. Spleens were swollen, and a serous fluid that seemed to leak from the liver was present in the body cavity. Histopathological findings in all but one case included fatty degeneration of hepatocytes with parenchymal collapse and associated hemorrhages. Some animals showed cholangitis and hepatitis with intranuclear inclusion bodies. In three cases with breeders, electron microscopy detected virus particles that were between 23 and 30 nm and similar to parvo- or picornavirus. In addition, picornavirus RNA was detected in the livers of one meat turkey flock. Investigations by PCR for circovirus, polyomavirus parvovirus, and aviadenovirus yielded negative results in all cases, but an aviadenovirus was isolated from livers twice and a reovirus from the intestines once. Supplementation with vitamin E and selenium seemed to improve the situation. The most likely diagnosis is lipidosis, a metabolic disorder with complex etiology, which has rarely been described in turkeys.