Small cyst-like growths on and around eye

by Rhonda Aydlett
(Charleston, SC USA)

Brown Thrasher with eye growths

Brown Thrasher with eye growths

I rehabilitate injured songbirds for release. A young thrasher has 3 small cyst-like growths on the cornea of one eye. They move with the eyeball as he blinks. I have been using Vetropolycin to no avail. I am including a picture and hope you can help me with a diagnoses and proper treatment. Thank you kindly. -Rhonda Aydlett

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Jul 04, 2015
Can't find Quixin - Other Alternatives?
by: Jonathan

Hello!

I know these postings are pretty old, but if anyone has any advice about an alternative to Quixin, please let me know. I'm having a similar issue with a Thrasher, but cannot find Quixin anywhere online or in stores.

Thanks so much!

Aug 23, 2008
Continue treatment extra 5-7 days
by: The Vet

I am glad to hear the thrasher is responding. The antibiotic drops you are using are effective against the organisms that were on my differential list, so that was a good choice. You should continue treatment for at least 5-7 days after the lesions are completely gone.

Aug 23, 2008
Thanks again.
by: Rhonda

Thank you for the possibilities.That helps more than you can imagine! The Quixen is working and this young thrasher is out of the woods. There is only one growth left and it is drying up and should fall off soon. Thank you again.

Aug 21, 2008
Diagnosis cannot be made from picture
by: The Vet

This looks like possibly and infection, maybe Mycobacterium (Avian TB, which is potentially infectious to humans), or Mycoplasma which is common in wild birds. Other infections are also possible. It could also be a tumor, or an inflammatory process in the conjunctiva. Before treatment can be recommended, a diagnosis needs to be made. A final diagnosis cannot be made from a picture.

Dr B

Aug 20, 2008
Referral
by: Rhonda

Do you know an Avian Vet who would be willing to help me out with visual diagnoses via the Internet? And then suggest a medication? Any help/hope is better than none. I am under Federal Permit to do migratory bird rehab and I do my own research...but it would be great to have an Avian Vet willing to make suggestions for treatment.

Aug 20, 2008
Thank you.
by: Rhonda

There is no avian vet in my area who will deal with wild birds. It is not the same type conjunctivitis that afflicts house finches...however I did get a sample of Quixen drops from my personal ophthalmologist. That is what worked perfectly for the finches with no recurrence. The growths have begun to dry up and I successfully removed the largest one yesterday. Any hint of what you think this could be would help me very much.

Aug 13, 2008
Growths around eye
by: The Vet

It seems like something you should have examined by an avian veterinarian.

Dr B

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