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Surgical approach to the coelomic cavity through the axillary and inguinal regions in sea turtles.
J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2006 Mar 15; 228(6):922-5.JA

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To describe a surgical approach to the coelomic cavity through the axillary and inguinal regions in sea turtles.

DESIGN

Descriptive report.

ANIMALS

9 loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) that had ingested fishhooks or monofilament fishing line.

PROCEDURE

Turtles known to have ingested foreign bodies were anesthetized. For the extraction of fish-hooks located in the stomach, an approach to the coelomic cavity through the soft tissues of the left axillary region (along the cranial margin of the plastron) was made. For the removal of fishhooks and long fishing lines in other portions of the intestinal tract, an approach to the coelomic cavity was performed via the inguinal region. Foreign bodies were removed via gastrotomy or enterotomy.

RESULTS

Of the 9 loggerhead turtles, 3 had a fish-hook in the stomach, 1 had a fishhook in the stomach and fishing line throughout the intestinal tract, 2 had a fishhook in the ileum and fishing line in the ileum and colon, and 3 had fishing line throughout the intestinal tract. Following surgery, 8 turtles recovered successfully; 1 turtle (in which an enterectomy was performed) died. After approximately 8 weeks, the surviving turtles were well enough to be released from captivity.

CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE

Results indicated that an axillary approach to the coelomic cavity in sea turtles could be a useful alternative to plastron osteotomy. Moreover, the inguinal approach allows the exteriorization of the intestinal tract from jejunum to colon, which facilitates surgical removal of long linear foreign bodies ingested by turtles.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Emergency and Organ Transplantation, Division of Veterinary Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bari, 70010, Valenzano (Bari), Italy.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16536709

Citation

Di Bello, Antonio, et al. "Surgical Approach to the Coelomic Cavity Through the Axillary and Inguinal Regions in Sea Turtles." Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, vol. 228, no. 6, 2006, pp. 922-5.
Di Bello A, Valastro C, Staffieri F. Surgical approach to the coelomic cavity through the axillary and inguinal regions in sea turtles. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2006;228(6):922-5.
Di Bello, A., Valastro, C., & Staffieri, F. (2006). Surgical approach to the coelomic cavity through the axillary and inguinal regions in sea turtles. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 228(6), 922-5.
Di Bello A, Valastro C, Staffieri F. Surgical Approach to the Coelomic Cavity Through the Axillary and Inguinal Regions in Sea Turtles. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2006 Mar 15;228(6):922-5. PubMed PMID: 16536709.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Surgical approach to the coelomic cavity through the axillary and inguinal regions in sea turtles. AU - Di Bello,Antonio, AU - Valastro,Carmela, AU - Staffieri,Francesco, PY - 2006/3/16/pubmed PY - 2006/6/9/medline PY - 2006/3/16/entrez SP - 922 EP - 5 JF - Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association JO - J Am Vet Med Assoc VL - 228 IS - 6 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To describe a surgical approach to the coelomic cavity through the axillary and inguinal regions in sea turtles. DESIGN: Descriptive report. ANIMALS: 9 loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) that had ingested fishhooks or monofilament fishing line. PROCEDURE: Turtles known to have ingested foreign bodies were anesthetized. For the extraction of fish-hooks located in the stomach, an approach to the coelomic cavity through the soft tissues of the left axillary region (along the cranial margin of the plastron) was made. For the removal of fishhooks and long fishing lines in other portions of the intestinal tract, an approach to the coelomic cavity was performed via the inguinal region. Foreign bodies were removed via gastrotomy or enterotomy. RESULTS: Of the 9 loggerhead turtles, 3 had a fish-hook in the stomach, 1 had a fishhook in the stomach and fishing line throughout the intestinal tract, 2 had a fishhook in the ileum and fishing line in the ileum and colon, and 3 had fishing line throughout the intestinal tract. Following surgery, 8 turtles recovered successfully; 1 turtle (in which an enterectomy was performed) died. After approximately 8 weeks, the surviving turtles were well enough to be released from captivity. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Results indicated that an axillary approach to the coelomic cavity in sea turtles could be a useful alternative to plastron osteotomy. Moreover, the inguinal approach allows the exteriorization of the intestinal tract from jejunum to colon, which facilitates surgical removal of long linear foreign bodies ingested by turtles. SN - 0003-1488 UR - http://bjp.sagepub.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16536709/Surgical_approach_to_the_coelomic_cavity_through_the_axillary_and_inguinal_regions_in_sea_turtles_ L2 - https://avmajournals.avma.org/doi/10.2460/javma.228.6.922 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -