Faculty Research 1990 - 1999

Cutaneous fibropapillomas and renal myxofibroma in a green turtle, Chelonia mydas.

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Case-Report, Fibroma: ve, Kidney-Neoplasms: ve, Male, Papilloma: et, ve, Skin-Neoplasms: et, ve, SUPPORT-NON-U-S-GOVT, Turtles

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J Wildl Dis 1990 Apr; 26(2):265-70.


A debilitated 7 kg juvenile green turtle (Chelonia mydas mydas) with multiple ulcerated and infected cutaneous fibropapillomas was clinically evaluated and found to have a nonregenerative anemia, hypoproteinemia, hypoalbuminemia and several electrolyte abnormalities. Surgery was performed to remove the larger tumors. The turtle did not eat postsurgically, and an attempt was made to place a pharyngostomy tube utilizing endoscopy. Edematous esophageal papillae, the angulation of the gastroesophageal junction, and a S-shaped configuration of the esophagous prevented successful placement of the tube. The animal was found dead the next day and necropsied. Multiple large white firm nodules were seen bulging from both kidneys. Microscopic examination of the nodules resulted in a diagnosis of renal myxofibroma.

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