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Salpingitis in Poultry


Rodrigo A. Espinosa

, DVM, DACPV, Aviagen

Last full review/revision Aug 2019 | Content last modified Oct 2020

Salpingitis is an inflammation of the oviduct, which may contain liquid or caseous exudate.

In young pullets, salpingitis can result in reduced egg production and is often due to:

It is a frequent lesion in female broilers and ducks at processing. On gross examination, salpingitis may be difficult to differentiate from impacted oviduct in adults. As the oviduct becomes nonfunctional, the ovaries are usually atrophied. Unless associated with an infectious problem, this condition tends to be found sporadically during necropsy of cull hens.

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