208/19 | Clinical & Field Article | Veterinary Surgery and Radiology

Management of Infected Wound with Fistula in a Soft Shell Turtle: A Case Study

Harshita Raghav, Ranjeet Harne and Nidhi Rajput

School of Wildlife Forensic and Health, NDVSU, Jabalpur 482001, Madhya Pradesh

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal March 2020: 97 (3) - pages 44 to 45
(Received: June, 2019, Accepted: October, 2019)


Wound management is a challenging signicant aspect of health care in the chelonian, due to the slow healing process in the species. A Soft Shell Turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis) was rescued and presented with a history of an open cranial and caudal wound on the neck region. Clinical examination revealed an open wound with a tract. The Antibiotic sensitivity test revealed multiple resistances to various antimicrobial agents and most sensitive to neomycin. By managing the wound aseptically, it was treated with topical antibiotics and the turtle recovered in due course.

Key Words: Open wound, Soft Shell Turtle

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