Diseases of Poultry
By Ivan Dinev, DVM, PhD
ROUND HEART IN TURKEYS (DILATED CARDIOMYOPATHY)
The aetiology is not known, but genetic factors or early viral myocarditis is supposed. The state is lethal in turkeys at the age of 1 - 4 weeks. Pathoanatomically, a severe dilated cardiomyopathy, often accompanied with ascitis, hydropericardium and congestion of other organs is detected.