Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD) is a wasting type disease that can affect and is fatal in captive and free-ranging birds; especially young birds. This disease was first recognized in 1971 and since then has been seen in many species including cockatoos, conures, grey parrots, cockatiels, Eclectus parrots, thick billed Amazons, Blue fronted Amazons, and budgies, as well as macaws. This disease is thought to be caused by a virus and can be passed on to other birds, but not humans. It is also known as Proventricular Dilatation Syndrome, Neuropathic Gastric Dilatation, or Macaw Wasting Disease.
Personal page that discusses the author's strategies for dealing with proventricular dilatation disease.
Old World Aviaries: Resolution of Clinical Proventricular Dilatation Disease by Cycloogenase 2 Inhibition
Report that highlights important research advancements into the cause and nature of PDD (Myenteric Ganglioneuritis, or Macaw Wasting Disease) in pet birds.
Peripheral Neuritis in Psittacine Birds with Proventricular Dilatation Disease
Study to evaluate the extent of central nervous system and peripheral nervous system involvement in birds with PDD. From Avian Pathology. [PDF]
Proventricular Dilatation Disease (PDD)
Viral disease originally called macaw wasting syndrome, psittacine wasting syndrome, or neuropathic gastric dilation. Can occur in any psittacine.
Transmission and Virus of Proventricular Dilatation Disease
Study documents experimental transmission of PDD to susceptible birds following inoculation with clarified tissue homogenates from birds with the disease.
Proventricular Dilation Disease: What's New
Article from the Canadian Parrot Symposium. Describes their findings and conditions that might mimic PDD. (November 01, 1998)
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