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Sialocele

Salivary Mucocele

A sialocele, also known as a salivary mucocele, is an accumulation of saliva trapped within the tissues of the duck's bill, which has leaked out as a result of damage, infection or malfunctioning of the salivary glands. It is considered an emergency condition in ducks, as it can cause permanent damage to the bill and/or salivary gland if it is not treated by a veterinarian promptly.

Symptoms

Soft, painless, fluctant swelling of the bill
Loss of appetite
Lethargy
Difficulty swallowing

Diagnosis

  • History
  • Clinical signs
  • Physical exam

Treatment

MethodMethod Summary
SurgerySurgical removal of the damaged tissue or salivary gland may be required.

Prevention

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