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Abstract

Endoscopic- and radioqraphic-guided extraction of a stone in a juvenile Red-eared slider turtle.

Abstract

An approximately six-month-old, 44-g Red-eared slider turtle was presented at the Clinic for Pets, Reptiles, Pet and Feral Birds of the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover with a four-week history of swelling of the head region. On physical examination, a moderate protrusion of the left tympanic membrane was diagnosed. In addition to the soft tissue swelling in the area of the left tympanic region, radiographs showed a hyperdense approximately bean-sized structure in the cranial coelomic cavity (in the stomach area), and severe compression of the lung tissues. During hospitalisation with systemic antibiotic and inhalation therapy, the animal did not eat at all. Subsequently, the extraction of a foreign body via the oral cavity using biopsy forceps was conducted under endoscopic control. An approximately 6-g pebble was removed out of its stomach via the oesophagus. Already two days after surgery, the animal restarted eating on its own. Subsequent radiological control showed a significantly better ventilation of the lung area.