Cutaneous Hemangiosarcoma in a Pacific Parrotlet (Forpus coelestis)

Zachary F. Kline, Julia K. Whittington, David A. Coleman

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A 2-month-old Pacific parrotlet (Forpus coelestis) was presented for assessment following a traumatic injury to the right wing that resulted in persistent swelling and inflammation. Six weeks postinjury the bird underwent surgical resection of a large hemorrhagic cavitated mass that had formed at the site of the original injury and a second, smaller mass on the body in direct contact with the wing mass. Histopathology of the wing mass confirmed a diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma. While commonly diagnosed in domestic species, hemangiosarcoma is uncommonly reported in avian species. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first report of hemangiosarcoma in a Pacific parrotlet and describes the development of hemangiosarcoma in a psittacine bird following trauma-induced inflammation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)152-158
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of avian medicine and surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016


  • Forpus coelestis
  • Hemangiosarcoma
  • Pacific parrotlet
  • avian
  • cutaneous
  • neoplasia
  • tumor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals


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