Growth on the bottom of IRN's tongue

Indian Ring Neck growth on tongue

Indian Ring Neck growth on tongue

Indian Ring Neck growth on tongue
IRN growth on tongue

I have a 5 month old male indian ringneck parakeet. It has a small growth on the bottom of it's tongue. He has been in to see his avian vet recently who noticed it but she is very new and really doesn't know what it is. She thinks it could be some sort of a wart???

She drew blood for a complete baseline panel. Would the cause of this be something that would show up in the blood work.

He eats anything and everything and I weigh him everyday and he ranges from 111-115 grams. Here are a couple of pictures I took today. Thank you.

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Aug 15, 2011
Update
by: Anonymous

Thank you Dr. B. P.J. actually went to see one of the best Avian vets in the state at the K-State Veterinary School of Medicine last Thursday. After doing a lot of research I suspect it is pappilomavirus or pappilomatosis but there were actually three masses, one on the bottom of the tongue that you see in the picture, and two more at the base of the tongue.

All three were removed using radiosurgery, CBC was done, and I am waiting to hear back from the tests on the masses. I asked for the PCR test to be done as well.

P.J. gets a varied diet and prefers fresh food to seed and pellets, and his favorite foods are those high in Vitamin A (sweet potato, sweet, hot and bell peppers- especially orange and red, carrots, dried chili peppers, and peas). I am trying to get him to eat more pellets and I am currently offering Harrison's fine, Roudybush, Zupreem, and TOPs. I just ordered Hagen's tropican, and Harrison's pepper, hoping to find one he likes.

Aug 12, 2011
Growth on parrot tongue
by: The Avian Vet

Good pictures. No, the cause of this be something that would show up in the blood work. Does he eat a pellet diet? If not he should. This could be a vitamin A deficiency, which can only be supplied in proper balance with a pellet diet like Harrison's or Roudybush.

It could also be papillomavirus, herpes virus, or even a cancer. You should take him to see an avian specialist to get a diagnosis. If it is cancer and it is allowed to grow, then you bird may not survive.

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