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Managing a Fishing-hook Foreign-body Evoked Obstruction of Cervico-thoracic Oesophagus in a 2 year old Free-living Crocodile

M.S. Abhishek, Sunil Kumar, Satish Kumar, Arup Kumar Das and Mahesh Kumar

TVCC, CVASc, GBPUA&T, Pantnagar 263145, Uttarakhand

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal March 2020: 97 (3) - pages 46 to 47
(Received: September, 2019, Accepted: December, 2019)


Free living crocodiles are most commonly encountered for self induced or human conicted injuries. A case of shing-hook mediated foreign-body obstruction of oesophagus in a female crocodile was presented to the TVCC with the history of caught during shing by the sherman. Since after the catch hold the crocodile was anorectic showing frequent symptoms of retching, salivation and attacking tendency. The crocodile was rstly examined physically for the presence of hook connected shing-line and there after a radiographic picture of dorsoventral (supine position) view was taken to nd out the exact location of the shing-hook. Under Xylazine (@1.5mg/kg body weight) and Ketamine (@20mg/kg body weight) anaesthesia hook was removed from esophagus surgically via 5-6cm skin incision over xyphoid region. Postoperative care with antibiotics was followed until convalescence period. Crocodile was then released into the free range area after giving proper precaution to the  sherman under the supervision of forest department.

Key Words: Fishing-hook, Crocodile, Cervicothoracic.

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