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Williams S.R.,National Marine Life Center | Sims M.A.,National Marine Life Center | Roth-Johnson L.,IDEXX Laboratories | Wickes B.,University of Texas at San Antonio
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine | Year: 2012

A cold-stunned Kemp's ridley sea turtle, Lepidochelys kempii, developed an abscess associated with Fusarium solani, Vibrio alginolyticus, and a Shewenalla species after receiving a bite wound to the front flipper during rehabilitation. The lesion failed to respond to medical therapy and was treated successfully with surgery. Histopathology of the excised tissue demonstrated septic heterophilic inflammation with necrosis and granulation tissue, fungal elements, and bacteria, despite appropriate antimicrobial therapy. Variably thick bands of dense collagenous tissue partially surrounded affected areas which might have limited drug penetration into the tissue. Postoperative healing and eventual releases were uneventful. This is the first report of surgical treatment of cutaneous Fusarium infection in a sea turtle and supports surgery as an effective treatment for a fungal abscess in a reptile. © 2012 American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. Source


Williams S.R.,National Marine Life Center | Dennison S.,Marine Mammal Radiology | Dunnigan B.,National Marine Life Center | Moore B.,National Marine Life Center | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine | Year: 2013

A loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) was suspected of ingesting rubber suction cups during rehabilitation following a cold-stun event. Survey radiographs were inconclusive. Computed tomography (CT) was performed to determine whether the objects had been ingested after traditional radiographs failed to resolve the material. The items were identified, and a partial obstruction was diagnosed. The case was managed with medical therapy using white petrolatum and light mineral oil administered to the turtle in fish for 3 wk. The CT exam was repeated 2 wk into the therapy. A persistent partial obstruction was identified; however, progression of the foreign objects through the intestinal tract was evident and continued medical mangement was deemed appropriate. The foreign bodies were passed with feces 26 days after ingestion. © 2013 American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. Source

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