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1 June 2015 USE OF COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY FOR INVESTIGATION OF HEPATIC LIPIDOSIS IN CAPTIVE CHELONOIDIS CARBONARIA (SPIX, 1824)
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Computed tomography is a sensitive and highly applicable technique for determining the degree of radiographic attenuation of the hepatic parenchyma. Radiodensity measurements of the liver can help in the diagnosis of hepatic lipidosis in humans and animals. The objective was to investigate the presence of hepatic lipidosis in captive red-footed tortoises (Chelonoidis carbonaria) using computed tomography. Computed tomography was performed in 10 male red-footed tortoises. Mean radiographic attenuation values for the hepatic parenchyma were 11.2 ± 3.0 Hounsfield units (HU). Seven red-footed tortoises had values lower than 20 HU, which is compatible with C. carbonaria hepatic lipidosis. These results allowed an early diagnosis of the hepatic changes and suggested corrective measures regarding feeding and management protocols.

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Adriano Marchiori, Ieverton Cleiton Correia da Silva, Marília de Albuquerque Bonelli, Luciana Carla Rameh de Albuquerque Zanotti, Daniel B. Siqueira, Alexandre Pinheiro Zanotti, and Fabiano Séllos Costa "USE OF COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY FOR INVESTIGATION OF HEPATIC LIPIDOSIS IN CAPTIVE CHELONOIDIS CARBONARIA (SPIX, 1824)," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 46(2), 320-324, (1 June 2015). https://doi.org/10.1638/2014-0178R2.1
Received: 22 September 2014; Published: 1 June 2015
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