The most frequent tumor of the reproductive system is adenocarcinoma of the oviduct. Neoplastic cells are shed from tumors in the oviduct into the abdominal cavity. They implant on the ovary, pancreas, and other viscera and produce multiple hard yellow nodules. They may block lymph return and result in ascites.
The incidence increases with age, and this tumor may be a frequent cause of death after age 2. Affected hens are condemned at processing.
Leiomyoma of the broad ligament is an estrogen-induced hypertrophy of the smooth muscle of the broad ligament. It is benign and is an incidental finding at necropsy or processing.
A variety of ovarian and testicular tumors have been described. Marek's disease Marek's Disease in Poultry Marek's disease is a highly contagious viral disease of poultry characterized by T-cell lymphomas and peripheral nerve enlargement. Standard criteria used for diagnosis include history, clinical... read more is a common cause of lymphoid tumors in the ovary.