Disseminated mite infection with ocular involvement in a juvenile bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

Irene Bueno-Padilla, Gia Klauss, Chris H. Gardiner, Arno Wuenschmann

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A bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) was found unable to fly and was admitted to The Raptor Center (TRC). Major clinical signs were thin body condition and a cardiac arrhythmia. Ten days after admission to TRC, ophthalmic examination revealed multiple, distinct serpiginous lesions of chorioretinal atrophy in the ocular fundus of the right eye (OD). The bird was euthanized because of clinical deterioration and poor prognosis. Mites of an undetermined species were found histologically in the retina, episcleral tissues, lungs, and liver at the postmortem examination. Disseminated mite infection should be considered in the differential diagnosis of serpiginous chorioretinal lesions in bald eagles (H. leucocephalus).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-275
Number of pages5
JournalVeterinary Ophthalmology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Bald eagle
  • Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  • Mites
  • Ocular migration

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