Impactación fecal en una Boa (Boa constrictor) - Reporte de caso

Translated title of the contribution: Fecal impaction in a python (Boa constrictor) - Case report

Isaac Manoel Barros Albuquerque, David Montes Iturrizaga, Eduarda Mendes Almeida, Jairo De Macedo Lins Silva Neto

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It is reported the case of an adult python (Boa constrictor) with signs of anorexia, lethargy and no bowel movements for about two months. According to the clinical history, the animal was fed with small amphibians, rats and ground beef. On the clinical evaluation was palpated a firm distention of the coeloic cavity. Through simple radiography was detected 13 radiopaque structures in the final third of the coelomic cavity. The diagnosis was intestinal obstructions due to fecalomas. The initial treatment consisted in oral and transrectal mineral oil; however, without success. Then, an enterotomy was performed and 365 g of fecal content was removed. After surgery, antibiotic therapy using enrofloxacin (10 mg/kg, im) and ketoprofen (2 mg/kg, im) as anti-inflammatory were administered. Also, mineral oil was orally administered (1 mg/kg) to promote intestinal transit.

Translated title of the contributionFecal impaction in a python (Boa constrictor) - Case report
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)555-560
Number of pages6
JournalRevista de Investigaciones Veterinarias del Peru
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


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