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1 September 2011 Hematochezia in an African Spurred Tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata)
Abstract

An African spurred tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata) that had been housed with a conspecific was presented for tenesmus, diarrhea, and hematochezia of 48 hr duration. Husbandry was considered substandard. Hematology and plasma biochemical analysis revealed dehydration. Urinalysis was considered normal and fecal examination was negative for parasitic ova and protozoa. Radiography demonstrated moderate constipation. Initial treatment consisted of fluid therapy, enrofloxacin, metoclopramide, and improvement of husbandry practices. Recurrence of hematochezia developed 2 wk after initial presentation. Cloacoscopy followed by manual exteriorization of the penis revealed a puncture wound on the dorsal surface of the corpus cavernosum proximal to the glans penis. The wound was sutured using an absorbable monofilament material. The tortoise recovered uneventfully and was asymptomatic for the following 6 mo.

American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Paul Raiti "Hematochezia in an African Spurred Tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 42(3), 518-520, (1 September 2011). https://doi.org/10.1638/2010-0227.1
Received: 6 December 2010; Published: 1 September 2011
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