Clinical & Field Article | Veterinary Surgery and Radiology

Surgical Stabilization of Carapace Fracture in an Indian Flapshell Turtle (Lissemyspunctata) ¬– A Case Report

Praveen M. K, Ashok R, U, Niyas, E, Laiju Philip and Syam K Venugopal

Department of Veterinary Surgery and Radiology, College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur, Kerala

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal May 2022 : 99 (5) - pages 43 to 45
(Received: , Accepted: )


The Indian flapshell turtle (Lissemys punctata) is a freshwater species of turtle found in South Asia.A wild Indian flapshell turtle weighing 2kg was presented with fracture of carapace consequent to road traffic accident. Clinical examination revealed that the animal was dull, unable to move and the carapace had multiple fractured fragments. The broken shell was put into alignment and stabilized by using stainless steel wires and hooks and dressed surgically.

Key Words: Carapace fracture, Indian flapshell turtle

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