avian encephalomalacia

avian encephalomalacia
a disease of young chickens due to vitamin E deficiency, in which there is ataxia, incoordination, paralysis, and severe encephalomalacia in several areas of the brain, especially the cerebellum. It must be differentiated from avian encephalomyelitis. Called also crazy chick disease.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • avian encephalomyelitis — n a usu. fatal infection of young chickens caused by a picornavirus (genus Hepatovirus) and characterized by ataxic gait and weakening of the legs and by tremor esp. of the head and neck called also epidemic tremor * * * a viral disease of… …   Medical dictionary

  • crazy chick disease — chik n a disease of the nervous system of young chickens caused by inadequate intake of vitamin E and marked by severe muscular incoordination, tremors, and encephalomalacia followed by paralysis and by renal congestion and failure called also… …   Medical dictionary

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