Gout or Mycoplasma Synoviae?

holt hood

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Hen has developed severly swollen ankles. She has always been a bit of a hot mess for a variety of reasons. Curious what we may be adding to the already long list.

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microchick

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Hmmm...any signs of a respiratory infection because there is a mycoplasma infection that can cause joint swelling and inflammation.

I'm being tested four gout. If that little hen has gout she is experiencing a world of hurt!:hugs
 

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I would suspect mycoplasma synovitis. How do the hock joints look? I have not seen articular gout, but in pictures, the whole foot and toes appear lumpy. If you do a necropsy there will be white urates deposited on the joints and on organs, which is a result of kidney disease.

MS may be treated with Tylan, tetracycline drugs, and others. I would recommend a vet.
MS can be diagnosed with a PCR test that may be done by a vet or poultry lab. Here is a lab I saw online:
https://zoologix.com/avian/Datasheets/Mycoplasma.htm

Here is a good article on MS in poultry:
https://www.merckvetmanual.com/poultry/mycoplasmosis/mycoplasma-synoviae-infection-in-poultry


In this link there is a good picture of articular gout:
http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/3509/gout-management-in-poultry/
 

holt hood

Chirping
Apr 1, 2017
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Colorado
Hmmm...any signs of a respiratory infection because there is a mycoplasma infection that can cause joint swelling and inflammation.

I'm being tested four gout. If that little hen has gout she is experiencing a world of hurt!:hugs


No repiratory concerns. She has always been super broody, constantly molting and an overall poor layer. Her feathers are constantly unkept and rough in appearance. She did break a toe when she was young, but nothing else with her feet beyond that.
 

holt hood

Chirping
Apr 1, 2017
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Colorado
I would suspect mycoplasma synovitis. How do the hock joints look? I have not seen articular gout, but in pictures, the whole foot and toes appear lumpy. If you do a necropsy there will be white urates deposited on the joints and on organs, which is a result of kidney disease.

MS may be treated with Tylan, tetracycline drugs, and others. I would recommend a vet.
MS can be diagnosed with a PCR test that may be done by a vet or poultry lab. Here is a lab I saw online:
https://zoologix.com/avian/Datasheets/Mycoplasma.htm

Here is a good article on MS in poultry:
https://www.merckvetmanual.com/poultry/mycoplasmosis/mycoplasma-synoviae-infection-in-poultry


In this link there is a good picture of articular gout:
http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/3509/gout-management-in-poultry/

Thanks for the detailed info!
 

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