A 23-year-old female imprinted steppe eagle (Aquila nipalensis) was presented by a public falconry centre for postmortem examination following sudden death with no previous clinical signs. Postmortem examination revealed the presence of 150 ml of blood within the coelomic cavity, with a packed cell volume of 42% indicating an acute, internal haemorrhage as a presumptive cause of death. A well-demarcated, solid, hard, ovoid, approximately 3 cm×2 cm (in cross section) mass was discovered within the body of the aorta adjacent to the ovary. Histological examination confirmed this to be an aortic aneurysm underlain by severe atherosclerosis with a transmural rupture.
- Received May 26, 2015.
- Revision received July 8, 2015.
- Accepted July 27, 2015.
- British Veterinary Association
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