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Cystoscopic Guided Removal of Ectopic Eggs from the Urinary Bladder of the Florida Cooter Turtle (Pseudemys floridana floridana)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2010
Authors:Minter, LJ, Wood, MW, Hill, TL, Lewbart, GA
Journal:Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Volume:41
Issue:3
Date Published:2010
ISBN Number:1042-7260
Keywords:Fulica, Fulica atra, Rallidae
Abstract:Abstract Three gravid, female, wild Florida cooter turtles (Pseudemys floridana floridana) were evaluated and treated by the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Turtle Rescue Team as a result of traumatic injuries or infection. As part of medical management, oviposition was induced using oxytocin, which was only partially effective. In all three cases, ectopic eggs were subsequently identified in the urinary bladder by ultrasound and were successfully removed via a minimally invasive cystoscopic-guided technique. One of the three turtles died within several days of the procedure, and necropsy revealed granulomatous bacterial cystitis. It is hypothesized that these complications were likely due to the length of time between induction with oxytocin and the identification and removal of the ectopic egg.Abstract Three gravid, female, wild Florida cooter turtles (Pseudemys floridana floridana) were evaluated and treated by the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Turtle Rescue Team as a result of traumatic injuries or infection. As part of medical management, oviposition was induced using oxytocin, which was only partially effective. In all three cases, ectopic eggs were subsequently identified in the urinary bladder by ultrasound and were successfully removed via a minimally invasive cystoscopic-guided technique. One of the three turtles died within several days of the procedure, and necropsy revealed granulomatous bacterial cystitis. It is hypothesized that these complications were likely due to the length of time between induction with oxytocin and the identification and removal of the ectopic egg.
URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1638/2009-0196.1
Short Title:Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
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